Science in Primary Schools
The world is changing rapidly, so rapidly that it is estimated 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist. It is expected that a significant proportion of these new job types will be in STEM-related fields which is why scientific foundations and science as a way of thinking is important to instill and ignite in young children. Moving away from low level factual recall and towards critical thinking and problem solving.
The latest NAP (2015) reports that many students are interested in science, but they find it hard to relate it to their everyday lives. As STEM becomes ever more integrated into established and emerging career paths, it is vital we nurture this interest in science and transform it into a passion, by showing them the relevance of these subjects beyond the classroom.
We know actions speak louder than words, and this is why STEM outreach programs are growing in their success, bringing the real world to the classroom to supplement the traditional teaching curricula.