STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.
STEMprojects help to make learning meaningful and engaging by connecting to real-world topics and by fostering students’ skills in collaboration, problem-solving, creativity, and design thinking while addressing content standards.
Our creativity and resourcefulness define us. Innovation is a Canadian value. It’s in our nature, and now more than ever, it will create jobs, drive growth and improve the lives of all Canadians. It’s how we make our living, compete and provide solutions to the world. We use the latest STEM educational tools to help us simplify complex concepts for K-12 students.
According to the 2012 House of Commons report, Labour and Skills Shortages in Canada: Addressing Current and Future Challenges, industries that employ large numbers of STEM workers will be hard hit by a dwindling workforce of qualified graduates. The Canadian environmental science sector alone expects at least 100,000 job vacancies in the next 10 years.
As Canada’s knowledge-based economy continues to grow and the ageing workforce retires, opportunities for students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are growing in nearly every industry. For aspiring future scientists looking to land one of these jobs, the key is to acquire the right skills and apply them to the industries looking for highly specialized, STEM-educated workers.
We want to help create a vibrant science culture in Canada and to do that, our young people need a solid STEM foundation, so they can take on the knowledge based jobs of the future. I look forward to working with organisations to help our young people get excited about science and research and to encourage them to pursue careers in STEM fields and take on these challenges for the betterment of all Canadians.
Canada’s Minister of Science