The study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects open doors to careers in education, medicine, or ground-breaking research.
With most university degrees in the UK most often costing £9,250 per year, it’s likely that taking on a STEM subject will lead to higher future earnings than those who studied humanities subjects. It’s a skillset in high global demand: in Australia, students will even be encouraged to study STEM with course-specific lower fees.
So, how important is it to promote STEM subjects to younger generations?
Science from an early age
Coding and programming are now part of the national curriculum, so why not get your child ready for school with an electronic kit or maybe even a robot to play with?
Offering an entry point to the world of electronics, open-source hardware platforms are just one type of educational games and toys that promote creative and engaging STEM learning.
The advancement of toys focusing on STEM sees some children coding before they’ve even started school. Artificial intelligence was the second most sought-after hard skill by companies in 2019, so familiarising your child with robots now might be far from trivial.
The need is greater than ever for our budding scientists and mathematicians to be able to explore the world of STEM through engaging activities and toys – and this can be achieved from the comfort of their homes.
Why is STEM education important?
STEM jobs make up the future of our economy, so if your child gravitates towards these subjects, their education path will be much more directed towards a specific career goal.
With this comes job security; research shows that achieving two or more A levels in STEM subjects adds almost 8% to a man’s earnings, or even more to those of a woman.
With new initiatives to encourage more women to pursue STEM subjects, and even a foundation by Lewis Hamilton to help black students study STEM, the stereotypical ideas that STEM careers are exclusive and inaccessible are being broken down.
Because STEM isn’t focused on only one subject, its core approach is cross-curricular, allowing students to learn quickly and apply knowledge to more than one discipline at the same time.
The specific method of learning promotes a deeper understanding of how to approach work with an analytical, inquisitive mind. These skills, backed up with a sound scientific knowledge, are transferrable and needed now more than ever before.