Countries around the world are embracing STEM, and Canada must do the same.
Ultimately, we need to prepare our young people for a future that’s filled with opportunity, foster a science-literate and science-loving population, and create a better Canada.
So who’s involved in growing STEM across our country, and what can they do to help?
Youth can take responsibility for their learning, and actively seek connections between school science and everyday life.
They can ask their teachers and school leadership for the resources needed to do science effectively, as well as seek out information about jobs that benefit from STEM learning.
Parents can participate in STEM activities with their children, and discuss the importance of pursuing STEM courses to the end of high school.
By seeking out information to help their children realize the breadth of jobs that are available to people with STEM backgrounds, parents can make a valuable contribution.
Educators can make STEM learning relevant to students by providing meaningful contexts in learning, and by increasing the focus on the nature and processes of science—this will help students develop the skills they’ll need for 21st-century success.
Postsecondary educators can make STEM learning more relevant for students by offering interdisciplinary programs that link to other non-STEM fields such as business and public policy studies.
They can also help students make the connection between STEM learning and jobs.
Non-profit STEM learning and outreach organizations
These organizations can offer engaging programs for all ages, and ensure that the programs are available outside formal education systems.
They can also provide many opportunities for volunteers to participate.
Industry representatives can help to clarify the connection between the outcomes of STEM learning and jobs by supporting STEM throughout the full educational continuum.
They can also offer co-op positions and support apprenticeships.
Governments can support and scale effective STEM-learning practices, and review school curricula to ensure that programs match desired outcomes.
They can also resource schools, universities, colleges and non-profit organizations appropriately to support STEM learning and outreach efforts.