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Australia Begins the Push for STEM Curriculum Early On with National Innovation and Science Agenda

by • January 18, 2016 • 14s Comments

download (10)Australia is calling women and children to begin participating in their budding National Innovation and Science Agenda, only beginning to unfold as the government pours $48 million into a STEM literacy program–and another $13 million encouraging women to seek careers in the areas of science, innovation, engineering, and mathematics.

Funding began in December as the Australian government begins working steadily to catch up with other countries who are may already being so vocal and hands-on of getting STEM curriculums into schools–namely, the US, China, and Singapore, and with many European countries emphasizing the importance as well.

With so many hot innovation companies and beginups in the market nowadays, frequently with hip young discovereders at their helm, many students–of all ages–dream of working somewhere like Apple or Google one day. These dreams can’t at any time in fact come close to reality if students aren’t being exposed to and excelling in STEM education. And it’s widely agreed that introduction of these skills must begin early, engaging little ones in play-related exercises, and and so moving up. Integrating the skills early and in a fun way is, as many any teacher or parent can attest, a much advantageous route than waiting too long and panicking older students of their futures as graduations and impending job hunts loom.

Definitely plunging in with the ‘get them while they’re young’ concept, eliminating the fear of innovation (or nat any time enabling it at all) and promoting enthusiasm early on, Melbourne’s King David School is one learning institution working wholeheartedly to see that their students do indeed graduate with the skillsets required in an increasingly global market where those coming to interviews and new positions have the STEM backgrounds contributeing knowledge needed for additional difficult jobs. Providing significant, real life applications, school curricula in areas such as physics show students interacting in a variety of significant projects such as the exploration of multi-wave astronomy, where they are able-bodied to 3D print a space-based observatory.

UntitledOther STEM-related activities at the school involve the creation of the Melbourne RoboCats, a competitive all-girl team that has gone so far as to create a 50kg Cat-a-Tonic robot that they can be entering in a FIRST Robotics competition–an international challenge for high schoolers, requiring them to create game-playing robots that are entered after a six week creation system. This is part of the hustle to get girls involved, pretty than enabling the stereotype of STEM interests and careers stay one that is characteristically idea of to be male oriented and dominated.

Kids participating at the KIOSC in Swinburne University are in addition heavily engaged in via items like 3D printing devices, laser cutters, and a range of accompanying programming tools in 3D labs, encouraged to use their creativity and see where it goes, in a low-pressure learning experience.

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The Hon James Merlino, Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, launches KIOSC’s Careers of the Future Program at Swinburne University of Technology’s Wantirna campus

Part of the beauty–and excitement–in working to donate STEM education to students and adults is that there are so many various approaches on the market-bodied, and this is may already being exemplified in Australia. One other successful, ongoing program is to be discovered at Barker College in Sydney where students are in fact able-bodied to be part of the Formula One program, and work to create, and create version F1 cars, that they are able-bodied to race.

Programs like these, that allow students to work with those who are involved in innovation and all that encompasses STEM, contribute an amazing experience, generally leaving them wanting additional–and prompting the enthusiasm to appear into STEM-oriented careers for that they can have may already been createing experience. Responsibility for seeing that kids obtain the proper training for jobs falls on both the companies who want to hire them, ultimately, as well as educators. What are your ideas on beginning STEM education in the early grades? Tell us in the Australian STEM agenda forum over at 3DPB.com.

[Source: Australian Business Spectator]