There have been various reports over the past few years about the shortfall in technically qualified workforces in Australia. These shortfalls have led leaders in STEM-based careers to predict that Australia might be unable to compete on the global scientific and technological forefront.
The solution to this problem, however, is simple. Parents and teachers need to focus on getting children interested in STEM subjects from an early age. In doing so they can help to create a generation that can compete and contribute on a global level.
Moulding A Future Generation
Children are naturally curious creatures and at a young age, their minds are perfect for moulding. The things they learn and are taught can readily shape their future. As such, parents and teachers should encourage children to learn and enjoy subjects like science, mathematics, and technology. There are various benefits to integrating scientific education in early childhood such as unlocking abstract thinking patterns, executive functioning in the brain, and further academic potential that might be hidden.
Children require role models. The best way to get them initially interested in STEM topics and education is to identify leaders and visionaries in these fields and introduce them to younger generations. Having someone in a STEM-based field to look up to and idolise could spark an interest in kids and get them to try out activities that relate to these subjects.
Encouraging Learning Through Play
Another way to build scientific and logical thinking at a young age is to curate a STEM-focused toy collection. In other words, fun but education centred toys.
In the modern world, it is not uncommon for a child to have their own smartphone or tablet to keep them busy. However, spending time watching YouTube videos and playing on mobile apps is not a good way to promote interest in more technical and scientific fields.
Toys like LEGO, building blocks, and fun robotics kits will encourage children to build, think like engineers, and solve problems. All of these skills are conducive to enjoying STEM education in the future.
Finally, getting your child involved in out-of-school activities such as tech and science camps, extra classes, and visiting science centres and museums is a great way to spur more enthusiasm in STEM topics and careers. It’s also a great way to allow a child to interact with other like-minded children and become friends with those also interested in STEM subjects. Having friends to talk to about interests and topics like science and math is a fantastic way to activate enjoyment and zeal for these fields.
A STEM Future Is Important
STEM education is hugely important for future generations around the globe. In Australia, there is a fear rising that not enough children are interested in STEM and that this might lead to shortfalls in equipped workers. Therefore, it is very important that children are introduced to STEM education for the future of the planet.