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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 complemented by #codingcounts which focuses on coding and robotics in Queensland schools.

To learn more about the state schools' STEM strategy, view the STEM animation (YouTube video).

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

The STEM Girl Power Camp is an annual initiative of Advancing Education - An action plan for education in Queensland. The camp encourages girls to participate in STEM by engaging in a range of exciting STEM experiences and inviting them to inspire other students by being a STEM ambassador in their school and community.

The camp coincides with the annual World Science Festival Brisbane.

You can view the previous STEM Girl Power Camp attendees below:

2016 Attendees

2017 Attendees

STEM review

As part of its commitment to Advance Queensland, the Queensland Government has prepared an Interim review of STEM education in Queensland state schools.

The review is based on a 2015 survey of more than 900 Queensland state school principals and was guided by a Griffith University literature review of international best practice in STEM.

The main findings of the review support strategies to scale-up STEM education in Queensland schools, and confirm a need for:

Read the full Interim review of STEM education in Queensland schools (DOCX, 3.8MB) Microsoft® Word document3.8M.

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