NSW leads STEM

Dec 11, 2015


New South Wales is playing a leading role in shaping a new national science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education strategy.

On 3 December 2015 Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli  released a summary of the STEM Education Summit that he hosted last month and said it would help inform a new national vision for STEM education in Australia.

“We brought together leaders from industry and education to talk through some of the key areas for reform and to kick-start conversations about Australia’s STEM education challenge,” Mr Piccoli said.

Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb and incoming Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel were among those who attended the Summit.

Mr Piccoli said young people increasingly need to have fundamental skills in mathematics, science and technology to thrive and fully participate in the rapidly-changing 21st century.

“STEM is on the radar internationally as the key to unlocking innovation potential – it’s seen as a critical pathway to securing Australia’s future,” Mr Piccoli said.

The Summit has informed the development of a new national STEM education strategy by identifying:

  • The importance of industry and universities in helping schools to lift STEM performance and engagement;
  • The role for government in brokering more effective partnerships with industry and universities;
  • The need to address the STEM image problem in Australia, particularly around mathematics and numeracy;
  • The importance of coding and computer science to improve problem solving skills; and
  • The critical importance of quality teaching to the STEM education reform agenda.

Education Ministers will be considering a draft national STEM school education strategy next week.

A summary of the key themes of the STEM summit is available here.