STEM, a step in the right direction

The STEM program is providing a platform in the education sector that identifies the top Grade 10 students in Mathematics and Science to be trained based on the needs of the country. He describes this vision as one that will lead development in the country, given the uprising trend of technology.

“Many grades 10 and 12 students who drop out of the formal education system, are thrown into the community with no skills,” Marape said.

He said said this programme is the pathway for them, in giving them second opportunities in the maths and science space.

Building Knowledge and Leadership

Funded by Australia Awards PNG, these courses are designed to enhance capacity in STEM education and improve the identification, response, and management of diseases and infections through Health Science.

The awardees were welcomed to the country with a beautiful ceremony featuring indigenous Nunukul Yagera dancers, who acknowledged and gave their consent as traditional owners of the land where the event was taking place, showing deep respect for the rich culture of the Australian Indigenous people.

STEM activities, coding event for children

International research suggests that STEM education allows even the youngest children to develop their communication and problem-solving-skills, especially when they are actively encouraged to talk about their ideas and observations.

Young children also benefit from STEM learning because they are generally naturally inquisitive and want to explore and make sense of themselves and the environment in which they live.

STEM enrolments hit 20-year low, but scientists have an idea to stop the slide

The National Scientific Statement, released last week, found participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in Australian schools was declining, with enrolments in these subjects at the lowest level in 20 years.

It also reported that performance in these STEM subjects had slipped and if the decline continued, "Australia may be unable to supply the skills required for the future workforce".