STEM is a way of thinking
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
In 2017, Dr Linda Pfeiffer wrote in an Explainer article for the Sydney Morning Herald,
"...STEM is really a way of thinking. It is about the skills required to learn science, technology and mathematics, and how engineering and design processes and principles are used to achieve an outcome."
STEM empowers innovation
The STARportal makes the connections that inspire young people to explore, discover, and create.
It defines STEM as empowering the next generation of innovators, and as a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in the four specific disciplines using an interdisciplinary and applied approach.
Support for STEM teaching
The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) provides guidance on integrating STEM in learning plans.
National STEM School Education Strategy
A renewed national focus on STEM in school education is critical to ensuring that all young Australians are equipped with the necessary STEM skills and knowledge they will need to succeed.
Support for STEM Programmes
The Australian Government is providing significant funding to support a range of education projects to improve STEM outcomes for school students.
STEM begins in primary school
"Student attitudes to STEM are established in primary school and this is when the work on engagement and excitement needs to begin"
Page 50. Optimising STEM School-Industry Partnerships. Final Report, April 2018.