Why is STEM important?
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (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.
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)
A strategy for STEM in Queensland state schools
A strategy for STEM in Queensland state schools (PDF, 654KB) document details the Queensland Government's plan for the direction of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Advancing STEM in Queensland’s state primary schools
The Advancing STEM in Queensland state primary schools initiative is an exciting opportunity for schools to improve STEM outcomes for students throughout Queensland.
In 2017 the Queensland Government committed $81.3m to help primary schools in Queensland transform learning and teaching, participation and achievement in STEM. Further information, resources and support for Principals and school leaders can be found on the Advancing STEM in primary schools core funding page.
All schools are encouraged to invest their funds to develop sustainable, evidence-based approaches to improving STEM outcomes for their students. A series of resources, tools, web conferences and a face to face inquiry workshop for school leaders will be offered to engage schools in purposeful planning and to assist in the development of a sustainable implementation model.