We often hear the word STEM bandied around. So what is it exactly? It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. As parents we all want the best for our kids and their education. I know I can hear a lot of you already, and I agree, not all kids are born to be brain surgeons or astronauts?
But our kids were born into a digital and high tech age and its not slowing down. As a parent I want them to embrace science, technology, engineering and maths because science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Engineering is the basic designs of roads and bridges, but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather and environmentally friendly changes to our home. Mathematics is in every occupation, every activity we do in our lives.
The Future-proofing Australia’s Workforce report shows that more than 40% of today’s jobs are at risk of becoming automated and around 75% of the fast-growing occupations require STEM skills, but unfortunately only 16% of high school graduates pursue degrees in STEM disciplines. So it’s likely in another 10-years a lot of jobs today will be redundant and new jobs we haven’t even heard of will be in very high demand.
STEM is the reason I’ll be getting along to Science Alive! again this year with my three boys. Science Alive! is an expo that is all about hands on fun, allowing kids the opportunity to learn and play at the same time. It’s on this August 5th and 6th and open all weekend from 9-5pm.
Science Alive! is geared to kids aged 4 – 13 and with every exhibitor (and there are over 60) bringing heaps of cool hands on fun things to do most families stay an average of 4 hours. So head along to Science Alive! for a chance for your kids to get down and play all things STEM – they can explore in a fun and active way and Kids under 18 are FREE.