(Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
STEM aims to increase the number of young people who undertake career pathways in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This is highlighted in the Department for Education STEM Learning Strategy which states that 75% of the fastest growing occupations now require STEM skills and knowledge. At Edward John Eyre High, we are currently developing and improving strategies, initiatives, and programs associated with STEM to ensure that students graduate with high level STEM skills and competencies in the STEM disciplines.
Through being exposed to STEM pedagogies at EJEHS, students develop key skills including:
- Problem solving
- Critical and creative thinking
- Digital Literacy
We are facilitating STEM skills to be taught in an integrated manner utilising practical teaching pedagogies and programs across the curriculum.
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.
As Australia faces a new position in the global economy, the knowledge and skills of our citizens will become our greatest strength. 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.
In the future, trades people will be 3D-printing the components they need; athletes will use feedback systems to improve their training and performance; farmers will be using more robotic processes; mechanics will be working with more computerised vehicles; nurses will be using more technologies to deliver better healthcare. By combining the analytical skills of science, the lateral thinking of engineering, the logic of mathematics and the ever-evolving technologies, there is no problem that STEM thinkers cannot solve!