STEM is an approach to thinking and learning which integrates the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, highlighting the connectedness of these subjects and emphasising the capabilities and dispositions students will need to succeed in these areas.
This integrated approach requires students to apply their knowledge and skills from the different areas of study to solve problems and tackle real world questions and issues, often through the completion of projects or challenges. Through STEM, students are able to develop key skills such as problem solving, creativity, critical analysis, communication and resilience.
STEM is important to help our students to succeed in the modern world. The skills developed through STEM are vital for success in College and beyond. Alongside developing skills, the aim of STEM is to enthuse and inspire students about the STEM subjects as studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths makes our students highly employable. Employer demand for STEM qualifications and skills is high, 50% of current jobs with skill shortages are in STEM fields. Currently, 75% of jobs in the fastest growing industries require workers with STEM skills
STEM is incorporated during the College’s STEM week. Cross-curricular challenges and competitions which takes places to highlight the diversity, excitement and possibilities of STEM. This year, STEM week included a bridge building challenge, a aerodynamics’ challenge, a catapult challenge and the great STEM bake off. Teams of students from all Year groups competed across the week, applying their knowledge and skills to meet the challenge and win the prizes.
Students can obtain more information about STEM via our cross-curricular skills booklet which helps to align the courses so that they better support student skill building.