STEM also known as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is a globally recognised concept that is being pushed through schools. Children who are highly exceeding expectations in these subjects are being helped in every way possible. STEM is supported by a unique combination of Government, charitable trusts and employers to encourage people engagement with these 4 topics.
This engagement involves creating academic based activities to involve children in an exciting STEM focused experience.
The official STEM organisation has three main aims within schools:
All four of the STEM industries are male dominated at all levels but what are the real percentages?
Year on year these numbers stay relatively low, and whilst the figures may grow, there is still a disproportionately small number of female role models at all levels within the STEM industry. There are some great resources that you can use to find role models and become part of the STEM community.
The official STEM learning page has 19 official local ambassador hubs which work to coordinate meet-up groups, volunteering and paid job opportunities and much more. Find where your local hub is through the STEM.org site here.
There are an increasing number of organisations and initiatives that aim to improve STEM for younger generations. For example The Prince’s Trust has recently integrated STEM opportunities to all of their existing and upcoming programmes. Organisations such as Prince’s Trust provide partnerships with organisations that students otherwise couldn’t reach, such as ASOS.
Key STEM Funders
More and more funding is being put towards STEM projects with the aim to improve all statistics. Here are some of the key funders: