(Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
- Problem solving
- Critical and creative thinking
- Digital Literacy.
We are committed to:
- Developing an exciting, relevant, inquiry based, engaging STEM curriculum
- Providing teachers with relevant skills and resources to support student learning
- Giving students opportunities to participate in activities, events and other initiatives involving STEM
- Increasing retention in STEM subjects
- Fostering sustainable partnerships with business, industry, community and tertiary groups to enhance students learning
- Developing pathways to post school employment and Careers in STEM industries
- Increasing student awareness, knowledge and skills that encourage graduates to leave school with the intention to gain the qualifications that will support their employment in STEM related occupations.
STEM skills are not just for engineers and scientists; STEM skills are essential in many jobs and offer pathways to diverse occupations. Our focus on STEM is driven by evidence that the demand for skills in STEM, especially in our growing defence, mining, bioscience, clean tech and food industries, is outpacing the supply of skilled men and women. Current trends indicate that the number of jobs requiring STEM skills in SA will increase significantly by 2020. These jobs will be most specifically in the areas of construction, engineering, mining, food production and advanced manufacturing. All of these STEM fields require students to have rigorous backgrounds in areas such as Mathematics, Physics, Electronics and Chemistry.
Studying STEM subjects in high school, vocational education or at university supports a variety of pathways into careers in emerging industries and the digital economy.