STEM subjects- an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics- are lodged deep within our society and everyday lives. Despite the unerring relevance and continued usefulness of these subjects, there has been a historical decline and lack of engagement in them from students across many ages. Many pressing issues in the world today are directly associated to these more technically oriented fields and students adept in them will likely form a large part of those who go on to make profound differences in the world.
One key element of life which makes STEM subjects absolutely essential is the internet. Data is all around us, it’s a tremendously valued asset and businesses and scientific organisations place huge importance on individuals who understand the skills associated with data usage, analytics and synthesis. In this fast-changing sector, the education industry has STEM subjects in their arsenal to equip students in these fast-growing areas.
STEM Subjects teach children vital skills
STEM subjects are not tightly knit, limited and non-transferable. Instead, they teach children vital problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills and creative abilities that widen their perception of the world. From written communication and numeracy to risk and probability, logic and rational and analytics, kids pick up transferable skills through STEM subjects which are sure to assist them in whichever endeavour they choose to pursue. It’s not just about marketable skills, though, but expanding worldviews and understandings of the world’s mechanics.
In the early stages of education, extra STEM subjects can provide an alternative stream of knowledge to children to the core subjects taught in most schools. Teaching STEM subjects in the right way that involves positivity and pragmatism is vital also, as many pupils aren’t familiar with their own ability in STEM - the facilitators at Little STEMs understand this and always look to foster natural curiosity and ability in STEM subjects.
Jobs in subjects related to STEM are in high demand
Graduates in STEM subjects are now bouncing back after a 6-year decline. Acceptances on engineering and technology courses in particular are up 6%, closer to what they were in 2010-11. The reawakened realisation of the importance of STEM subjects is gaining momentum to help meet the huge demand in STEM-skilled posts across multiple sectors. In America, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at more like 9.8% and it’s a similar story here, but despite this increasing demand, the UK Commission for Employment & Skills states that 43% of science, technology, engineering and maths vacancies are challenging to fill.
Those with STEM qualifications have lower unemployment rates
Prior to the last few years, graduates were becoming less enamoured with their degrees in STEM subjects as the employment opportunities hadn’t met their expectations. Now, unemployment rates in STEM subject graduates are 6% or lower, which is below other non-stem subjects. The need for STEM subject students is well established and many industries have streamlined their employment priorities to help favour these individuals.
Numerous studies from universities worldwide have cited that we need to foster our kid’s interest in STEM subjects to better equip them for life in our modern world. From emotional intelligence to curiosity and technical skills, STEM subjects have always been intrinsically important to human society and this has only gotten more important in the last few years.