Ashfield Girls' High School
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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
What is STEM?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. You probably already knew this but did you know that students who study these subjects can equip themselves with the skills necessary in finding very rewarding and often well paid careers in Science and Engineering. For many years not enough young people have been choosing STEM subjects. STEM is a government initiative to encourage more young people to study these subjects in school. The main goal of STEM is to create a supply of skilled workers in order to maintain the future prosperity and global competitiveness of our country.
Why should this matter to me?
The Northern Ireland economy is not as dynamic as it could be. Traditionally, many young people have chosen careers in....healthcare, education, construction, administration, retail, service etc. These careers are important but other equally important careers need skilled people also. These include careers in.....Engineering, Scientific Research, Renewable Energies, Product Design, Programming etc.
What are STEM skills?
STEM skills require students to problem solve and be creative. You are often required to analyse and work with numbers and understand concepts that are not always obvious. For example....
how can solar energy be used create electricity? (Science),
how can solar panels be designed to provide more electricity? (Technology)
how much more electricity could we generate and at what cost? (Maths).
Although you may study these subjects in different classes it is important to use the skills collectively in the workplace. It is the STEM skills of scientists, engineers, programmers, technicians, accountants and managers all working together who find solutions to these problems..... so why not you?
Why choose a STEM career?
A STEM skilled workforce is crucial in finding solutions to the challenges facing our country and our world.....
where will we get our energy from?
where will we get clean water and food from?
how do we reduce disease and improve healthcare?
how should we design transportation, homes, towns and cities for the future?
how can we reduce pollution?
how can we make the internet more secure?
Scientists, engineers and mathematicians are required to meet these challenges. The increasing demand for green technology and the evolving ICT and manufacturing industries will offer excellent career opportunities. STEM careers offer very good starting salaries, opportunities to work with cutting edge technology as well as global networking and travel possibilities.
What can I do now?
Your teachers have been busy providing opportunities to enhance your STEM skills. More opportunities will be available. It is up to you to take advantage of them. You can begin by reading through all of the information on this website to find out more about STEM, possible careers, how we are linking with industry and links to various STEM websites.