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Publication - Consultation Paper

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics – consultation on a strategy for education and training

Published: 8 Nov 2016
Part of:
Business, industry and innovation, Education
ISBN:
9781786525734

A consultation on a draft Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education and training strategy for Scotland.

44 page PDF

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44 page PDF

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Science, technology, engineering and mathematics – consultation on a strategy for education and training
What is STEM?

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What is STEM?

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education and training seeks not only to develop expertise and capability in each individual field but also to develop the ability to work across disciplines and generate new knowledge, ideas and products through inter-disciplinary learning.

  • Science enables us to develop our interest in, and understanding of, the living, material and physical world and develop the skills of collaboration, research, critical enquiry and experimentation.
  • Technologies cover a range of fields which involve the application of knowledge and skills to extend human capabilities and to help satisfy human needs and wants, operating at the interface of science and society. This covers business, computing science, chemicals, food, textiles, craft, design, engineering, graphics and applied technologies.
  • Engineering a specific branch of the technologies, draws on scientific methods and knowledge to address and solve real-world problems.
  • All of STEM is underpinned by Mathematics, which includes numeracy, and equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, assess risk and make informed decisions.
  • Similarly, digital skills play a huge and growing role in society and the economy and enable the other STEM disciplines. Digital skills embrace a spectrum of skills in the use and creation of digital material, from basic digital literacy, through problem solving and computational thinking to the application of more specialist computing science knowledge and skills that are needed in data science, cyber security and coding.

Consultation Question - Definition

1. Do you agree with the definition provided of STEM for the purposes of this Strategy?


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