STEM is a set of academic disciplines that are taught as part of the UK curriculum. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM is an acronym that refers to any subjects that can be grouped into one of these categories.
STEM subjects can provide pupils with many transferable skills which can help them to have a wide number of future career opportunities and is essential for a thriving economy.
The intent is for pupils to become inspired by a range of activities which involve one or more of the subjects and open their eyes to their own potential.
The pupils are given activities that are suited to their learning style and centred around higher-level thinking which they can apply to the real world. STEM combines six main elements: collaboration, communication, research, problem solving, critical thinking and creativity. All of which will help the pupils when they embark on their future careers.
STEM is a new addition to the school curriculum and is not formally assessed. However, the additional application of the four disciplines can only enhance the pupils’ abilities and help them to see how each subject interacts and overlaps, preparing them for the real world.