It has been estimated that 75% of the fastest growing occupations, including those in the creative industries and humanities, will require STEM related skills and knowledge. Critical thinking and problem-solving, analytic capabilities, curiosity and imagination have all been identiﬁed as critical ‘survival skills’ in the workplace of the future.
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OUR STEM FOCUS
The Foundation has a current focus on increasing the engagement of girls in STEM education and building their confidence and capabilities in this area, so they are well prepared for the future.
In 2017 our first step was to commission a research piece to provide a current snapshot of girls and STEM using data from Australia and oversea. This research was undertaken by The University of Melbourne and Deakin University in partnership and culminated in Girls’ Future – Our Future, The Invergowrie Foundation STEM report.
Based on this initial research the Foundation identified 3 areas where it could contribute to the development of STEM education for girls and women in Victoria:
- The provision of scholarships that support quality students to continue their studies – the Foundation has re-established scholarships at the University of Melbourne to support young women undertaking postgraduate studies in a STEM area.
- The improvement of teaching and learning in STEM subjects at the primary level – partnerships have been developed with Swinburne University, Deakin University and Primary Connections that are building resources for use at both the primary and middle years of schooling and the development of a professional learning program for primary teachers to build the understanding and confidence of
teachers in STEM subjects.
- Develop and build the capacity of career advisors and teachers.
The Foundation has just launched the 2020 follow up to our initial research Girls’ Future – Our Future, The Invergowrie Foundation STEM Report.
Fig 3: A call to action: A roadmap for girls in STEM education (from Girls’ Future – Our Future, The Invergowrie Foundation STEM Report).
PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS UNDERTAKING YEAR 12
MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY
(Copied from Kaspura, 2017. P 36 with permission from Engineers Australia)