What do you think is the future of STEM education? What should we focus on? What skills should we aim for? An organization wants your opinion!
Let's talk science is a non-profit organization that has been active for more than twenty years. Its mission is to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). To do this, it offers in particular different resources intended for the education community.
Very recently, the organization unveiled the project Canada 2067, a Canadian initiative to promote and support STEM education through technology. The first objective of this initiative is to help define the key educational competencies in the STEM field of the next 50 years and to determine which technologies are most relevant to develop them.
Canada 2067 wants the help of Canadians, including students, parents and teachers, to identify these skills and technologies. He invites them to express themselves via his page Facebook and his son Twitter. The organization is also planning to hold a national summit, which will take place in December 2017 and which will be webcast.
Once the consultation is over, the organization plans to adopt a plan to implement actions. The latter may in particular take the form of educational tools and resources intended for educational institutions.
A worldwide craze for STEM education
All over the planet, the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, commonly grouped under the acronym STEM, is a priority and leads to various initiatives to promote them and arouse the interest of students.
There are several reasons for this phenomenon. Among these, there is the conviction that a significant number of the jobs of the future will be linked to one or other of these fields and that the training of students is therefore essential. To achieve this, we must first arouse their interest, particularly that of the girls, under-represented in this environment.
Among the other reasons explaining the current craze for STEM education, there is also the development of ICT in education. Indeed, recent technologies are revolutionizing the teaching of these disciplines. We should also mention that, for many, the development of certain key skills known as "from the 21e century ”is facilitated by STEM education.