What is STEM?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
STEM is so much more than four fields of study, though. It has become a short-form label that includes a diverse set of 21st century skills and characteristics — ways of thinking about (and solving) the problems that we all face as global citizens.
~ Canada 2067
Why is developing an early interest in STEM needed?
In Canada there is currently a shortage of tech talent to meet job demand and this is only going to increase. Although STEM fields have the fastest rate of job growth, only 24.8% of Canadian post secondary graduates were from STEM related fields.
We’re not doing enough to encourage and enable students to pursue the disciplines that are going to shape the future work force.
~ Rohan Mahimker
Co-founder and co-CEO, Prodigy Game
Most Canadian students disengage from STEM courses before graduating high school, limiting their options in the highest job market. Currently more than half of Canadian students graduate high school without a senior level math and/or science credit, citing that STEM subjects are ‘too difficult’ as the main reason for not pursuing these courses. According to reports, an early interest in STEM fields, through hands-on play activities, can help counteract those beliefs that STEM subjects are hard and aid against the gender discrepancy in STEM fields.
65% of children today will be working in jobs that don’t exist yet – let’s help prepare them for the future.