In a May 2019 speech, Australia’s Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel, noted participation in science and maths was slipping in Australian schools. Specifically speaking about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), he said:
STEM education addresses real world problems and is useful to us and the wider community in many, many ways.
Finkel’s predecessor made similar assertions, arguing many countries are taking substantial action to address the decline in STEM engagement.
Authors: Paula Mildenhall, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning), Edith Cowan University