STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
In 2008, reports from MATRIX: The Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel highlighted the importance of innovation, research and development in Northern Ireland's STEM industries. A year later in 2009, DE and DEL published the STEM Review and a draft STEM Strategy. Both of these emphasised a need for more links between industry and education.
When considered together, the reports indicate that we need to ensure that Northern Ireland's young people have the skills, knowledge and understanding in STEM-related subjects in order to take advantage of job opportunities in these fields and contribute to the country's economy.
In response, we have produced this STEM site, which is targeted at Key Stage 3 pupils and teachers. It provides a range of enquiry-based learning activities that teachers can use to:
- stimulate innovative learning and teaching opportunities;
- encourage pupils to make learning connections across subjects; and
- enable pupils to better understand how STEM subjects relate to the world of work.
We hope you find the site and its resources informative, innovative and exciting.