There is no doubt that science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are critical to the jobs of the future. In fact, research shows that STEM knowledge is associated with 75 per cent of the fastest-growing occupations in Australia.1
Despite this, the number of school students studying STEM (Year 11 and 12) has flat-lined at around 10 per cent or less, and Australian students don’t understand the importance of STEM, or STEM career opportunities, until it’s too late. This has been identified by the Australian Government as a serious issue:
“The gap between the knowledge generated in the education system and the skills demanded by employers and individuals is widening. Overcoming these limitations requires a priority focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), including the development of workplace skills in STEM. Future careers will also rely heavily on ‘21st century skills’ — for example, critical thinking, creativity, cultural awareness, collaboration and problem-solving.”2
Interest and confidence in learning a diverse range of topics, including STEM, starts at a young age. Primary school aged children often show interest in the world around them and how it works.
“We believe that when that interest is encouraged, when curiosity is inspired, more children and young people will feel confident and able to follow a STEM pathway,” said Michelle Hortle, Educator and General Manager, Dream City.
All activities at Dream City are designed by experienced educators to provide quality, hands-on STEM learning experiences and to inspire a better understanding of STEM and where it can lead. Activities and programs align with the Victorian education curriculum.
One of the key principles identified by the government to increase student engagement and achievement in STEM education is ‘Use technology as enabler’3 as it accelerates student learning, confidence and ability.
At Dream City, students are immersed in STEM in an interactive and fun way. They use technology – from simulations through to augmented reality and robotics – to gain insights into how STEM relates to the real world and the diverse range of career opportunities it offers.
“As well as simulating specific skills, each activity also aims to inspire curiosity and critical thinking and to teach valuable lessons around cooperation, collaboration and awareness of self and the wider world,”said Michelle Hortle.
All DreamCity activities have been designed by experienced teachers to inspire children and promote positive experiences in STEAM. Call us at 03 9957 5912 to discuss how we can design and deliver an inspiring excursion experience for your students from prep to Year 9.