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ABOUT US - STEM. Future-proofing Australia’s workforce by growing skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) After a sustained period of economic prosperity, Australia is facing some tough challenges. Slowing growth, declining real wages, falling productivity and end of the mining boom to name a few. Businesses also have to come to terms with the monumental impact that digitisation and technology is having on business models, supply chains and customer behaviour. 44% (or 5.1m) jobs are at risk from digital disruptionInnovation and STEM education are key to future growth$57.4bn increase in GDP if we shift just 1% of our workforce into STEM roles With all of this, Australia needs to better position itself to compete in the global economy of the future.

PwC is committed to solving the problem, and is looking to bring together experts, advocates and resources from a diverse range of stakeholders and sectors to catalyse the scale and fast-track the pace of change required. More than five million Aussie jobs gone in 10 to 15 years. More than five million jobs, almost 40 per cent of Australian jobs that exist today, have a moderate to high likelihood of disappearing in the next 10 to 15 years due to technological advancements, a CEDA report being released today has found. Australia and the world is on the cusp of a new but very different industrial revolution and it is important that we are planning now to ensure our economy does not get left behind, CEDA Chief Executive Professor the Hon.

Stephen Martin said when releasing CEDA’s major research report for 2015, Australia’s future workforce? Professor Martin said as part of the report, NICTA researchers have examined the probability of job losses due to computerisation and automation in Australia and in each local government area (including Sydney and Melbourne) across the country.

“This research shows that in some parts of rural and regional Australia in particular there is a high likelihood of job losses being over 60 per cent,” he said. Visuals available: 26792~Futureworkforce_June2015. Australia's future workforce? On 16 June 2015, CEDA released a major report focused on the future of Australia's workforce. Download the report: Australia's future workforce? Read media release: CEDA report: More than five million Aussie jobs gone in 10 to 15 years CEDA's major research report for 2015, Australia's future workforce? Focuses on what jobs and skills we need to develop to ensure our economy continues to grow and diversify. Discussion around jobs often focuses on the here and now.

In this report, CEDA examines: Report launch and events: Watch launch and event highlights here: Report chapters and authors CEDA research In 2015, CEDA will also release policy perspectives on retirement and international connectedness. Our recent publications. Coding education in schools: crucial as English and Maths - or is it? Learning early: Grade one students in Estonia learn simple computer coding as part of the Estonian Tiger Leap Foundation which aims to teach students coding from the early to final years of schooling. Photo: Christian Stokes What is happening? The teaching of digital literacy in the classroom is a global education trend on the rise. The inclusion of "coding" – the algorithmic language of computers – in school curriculums around the world exemplifies a shift away from the focus on instructing children how to use computers, applications and programs towards teaching them about how computers are built, how they work, and how to instruct their function and behaviour through coding.

The subject received a great deal of attention in Australia recently when Federal Opposition leader, Bill Shorten announced that if elected, coding would become an integral part of the national curriculum and taught in every primary and secondary school by 2020. Why is it happening? Where is it happening? Links. A Parent's Guide for Getting Girls Into STEM Careers. Edutopia Readers, I'm Dr. Rob Garcia, a former high school dropout turned PhD. As a kid growing up poor in Humboldt County, I had no idea what Engineering was. No one ever took me aside and said, "Engineers create things and get paid a lot of money and have awesome lives.

" The only messages I got were, "The police came by looking for your uncle again, don't tell them anything. " High school was awful for me. The reason I'm sharing this is because I want great things for your children and I want to give you every resource to encourage your daughters to get high paying, successful STEM careers if that's their passion.

My journey was unnecessarily difficult and I want better for your teens. By some weird twist of fate, I ended up teaching high school Engineering in San Diego for five years. Keep in mind that STEM careers can be mistakenly thought of as boring or not feminine or female friendly. My ADD was kickin' pretty bad in high school because I was a tactile learner. Projects Resources Dr. We're educating our youth into unemployment. Illustration: John Shakespeare Despite long-term unemployment in Australia being at a 16-year high - with the majority of unemployed in the 15 to 24 age bracket - little acknowledgement is given to fact that the school system isn't preparing these kids for the "real world". Education has been at a crossroads for many years, but politicians and education leaders are either still dithering in the intersection or heading the wrong way down a one-way street. While they've been talking education revolutions and raising standards to meet the needs of the 21st century, two whole cohorts of students started their education in the new millennium.

These kids have now graduated high school and - for the most part - nothing has changed. Except of course, for the world and economy in to which they graduate. To put it bluntly, we're educating our youth into unemployment. Some will say that this is their own fault for not working hard at school and that it's probably a result of their upbringing. Pathway to STEM Careers | Joan Wages. The need for improved STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education is a trending topic. STEM skills have been identified as necessary to remain economically competitive as a country, and many have pointed out the benefits that accrue to all of society when diverse teams tackle technological and scientific problems. Yet, women are persistently underrepresented in many STEM fields, where the disparity begins in college classrooms. And, it has a definitive basis in women's history. Nineteenth-century America experienced a surge of interest in higher education, and hundreds of colleges and universities were founded.

Many are still around today. Around the same time, newly minted and expanding public school systems desperately needed teachers. Women were seen as ideal teacher candidates, and female undergraduates were encouraged to pursue teaching degrees to fill the need. Almost 21.0 million students attended American colleges and universities in fall 2014. Dr. Resources | Change the Equation. CTEq has developed a variety of resources around STEM learning, from data and research to philanthropic best practices. Vital Signs Vital Signs features thousands of data points on STEM learning that are not available elsewhere, including a national overview as well as reports for each state and the District of Columbia.

Vital Signs also offers a closer look at certain data sets in a series of briefs and infographics. Learn more about Vital Signs. STEMworks STEMworks is a database of STEM learning programs that have been independently evaluated against a rigorous rubric, including four Ready-to-Scale Programs [link to scalable page] that have been deemed to be “ready-to-scale” nationwide. Learn more about STEMworks. STEM Salons STEM Salons offer discussion around timely topics that impact STEM teaching and learning. STEMbeats STEMbeats blog is the voice for STEM learning, offering insightful research and fun facts. CTEq CEO Linda P. STEMtistics Work-Based Learning: An Employer's Guide. TED Talks You Should Show in Your Classroom - STEM JOBS. TED Talks can be inspirational. Some argue that such videos are even a necessity for scholars in the digital age, making their work accessible.

Imagine one of your own best and brightest someday onstage giving such a talk. What better way to prepare them than to show them how it’s done? The right TED Talk is not just a way to kill a Friday afternoon. It can jumpstart the imagination, dispel myths and give students insight into a field and the exciting aspects of it. Once they are motivated, you can step in and relate it to what you are doing. So which talks will impress your students? Doing a lesson on cell structure? For the intersection of physics, engineering, art and design try sculptor Arthur Ganson’s talk “Moving Sculpture.” The following two tabs change content below. Formerly a teacher and nonprofit manager, Philip is now a full-time writer and blogger. SAF02_STEM_ FINAL.

14571_STEM%20Skills%20Report%20Final%20- STEM_AustraliasFuture_Sept2014_Web.pdf. 100Kin10. Fostering STEM through inquiry. Putting STEM back on the agenda. The past decade has seen a substantial decline in economic commitment and educational engagement within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Australia. Coincidently (or perhaps not so), the past 10 years has also seen the proportion of Year 12 students taking advanced mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology drop by almost a third.

Some suggest that Australia’s declining appetite for STEM endeavours is attributed to the fact that mathematics and science are optional subject areas in secondary school, which arguably relegates their importance in the eyes of young Australians. Further, the shortage of qualified mathematics and science teachers is resulting in lowered levels of student engagement, interest and academic performance – thereby discouraging students from continuing with STEM endeavours. So WHY is STEM important? On a national level… On an individual level… What can WE do? Infographic: STEM education the way forward for Australian prosperity.

Our report The World in 2050 warns that Australia stands to lose its place in the world economy without a fresh focus on education, particularly within science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM subjects). Currently the 19th largest economy in the world, PwC has predicted that without investment in skills and a move away from resources, Australia could slip to 29th position by 2050. “Leaders across business, government and the community need to understand we are on a slippery slope to irrelevance,” warns PwC Australia Economist Jeremy Thorpe. The decline in the number of skilled, ready-to-work STEM graduates was also identified as being an innovation bottleneck for Australian businesses in our research on digital innovation. “A lack of skilled people is cited as the number one barrier to innovation. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are the core educational competencies needed for an economically productive future,” said Trent Lund.