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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

We need a reliable pipeline of specialist STEM skills; but we also need informed workers, users and consumers who have the curiosity and imagination to be part of the broader STEM economy. This must be underpinned by lifetime engagement for all Australians with STEM, beginning in childhood and constantly renewed as knowledge and technologies expand (Office of the Chief Scientist STEM: Australia's Future, September 2014, p21).

Why is STEM important?

STEM touches every aspect of our lives, from our smartphones to the technologies that enable us to explore the world around us and outer space.

It also drives innovation in our fast-changing global economy.

To succeed in this environment, and for Queensland to continue to prosper into the future, our students need a strong foundation in STEM.

A strategy for STEM in Queensland state schools

A strategy for STEM in Queensland state schools Adobe PDF document is available that details the Queensland Government's plan for the direction of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

With employment in STEM growing two times faster than non-STEM occupations, key aspects of the strategy focus on:

The STEM strategy aligns with Advancing education: An action plan for education in Queensland.

The strategy is further complimented by #codingcounts which focuses on coding and robotics in Queensland schools.

Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow school grants

One hundred and sixteen state primary and high schools Microsoft® Word document 16K including some clusters of schools, will share in 100 Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow grants.

The schools or cluster of schools each receive or share in a $16,600 grant to nurture the next generation of digital entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurial skills are essential to drive innovation, productivity and global awareness.

Schools will use their coding, robotics and entrepreneurial programs to provide opportunities for students to create innovative digital solutions and to connect with industry expertise.

Schools will build students' entrepreneurial skills through real world experiences by inspiring them to be the creators of Queensland's future.

STEM hub

The STEM hub brings together information, resources and advice for students and parents wanting to learn more about STEM.

Visit the hub to find out more about:

STEM Girl Power Camp 2016

Twenty-two Year 10 girls from around Queensland attended the inaugural STEM Girl Power Camp in Brisbane in March 2016. Applicants were assessed on their engagement and participation in leadership and STEM-related activities.

The camp coincided with the World Science Festival, where students were involved in a range of STEM experiences.

Camp attendees continue to act as STEM ambassadors throughout the year at their school and in the wider community.

Interim review of STEM education in Queensland state schools

In 2015, the Queensland Government commenced a review of STEM in state schools to investigate the ways in which STEM is taught and how to improve the connections between research, best practice and existing school practices.

This interim report Microsoft® Word document3.8M is based on a survey of Queensland state school principals and an academic literature review conducted by Griffith University about international best practice in STEM education.

The report suggests future directions for investigation including:

The STEM review is due for completion by the end of 2016.

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