Project Description

Skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are becoming an increasingly important part of basic literacy in today’s knowledge economy. To keep Europe growing, we will need one million additional researchers by 2020. Yet science education can no longer be viewed as elite training for future scientists or engineers; only science-aware citizens can make informed decisions and engage in dialogue on science-driven societal issues.
There is no universally agreed-upon definition of STEM. Experts generally do agree, however, that STEM workers use their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, or math to try to understand how the world works and to solve problems. Their work often involves the use of computers and other tools.
Employment of STEM skilled labour in the European Union is increasing in spite of the economic crisis and demand is expected to grow. In parallel, high numbers of STEM workers are approaching retirement age. Around 7 million job openings are forecast until 2025 - two-thirds for replacing retiring workers.
Knowledge and skills related to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are crucial in responding to the challenges we are facing as a society. Developments in these fields underpin advances in scientific research across all disciplines and drive innovation and job creation across much of our economy
Two main challenges therefore are to ensure sufficient talent inflow at all levels of STEM education and into the labour market and to address this ‘skills mismatch’ between the skills school-leavers have and the evolving labour market needs.
Enable students to understand STEM challenging subjects, encourage them to develop critical thinking skills, grow their ideas, and make their own creations through playful learning experiences applying STEM concepts, promote inclusion and prevent early school leaving.
Inspire children and students of all ages and talents to aspire to careers in science and other occupations and professions that underpin our knowledge and innovation-intensive societies and economies, in which they can be creative and accomplished


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