What is STEM?

The following is taken from the 'STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland' published by Scottish Government.

You can find the full document here: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0052/00526536.pdf

"STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. We include numeracy and digital skills within our definition of STEM. Both of these are vital to enable everyone to participate successfully in society as well as across all jobs, careers and occupations. STEM education and training seeks not only to develop expertise and capability in each individual field but also to develop the ability and skills to work across disciplines through interdisciplinary learning. STEM education and training helps us acquire the following skills and capabilities:

* growing our understanding and appreciation of the natural and physical world and the broader universe around us;

* interpreting and analysing data and information;

* research and critical enquiry – to develop and test ideas;

* problem solving and risk assessment;

* experimentation, exploration and discovery of new knowledge, ideas and products;

* collaboration and working across fields and disciplines; and

* creativity and innovation – to develop new products and approaches;

All of these are increasingly important to success in a changing and technologically-driven world. They are also important for helping us to develop as active citizens, making informed decisions for ourselves and for society.

We recognise, in particular, the importance of creativity and innovation for economic growth and the strong synergies that exist between STEM and creativity."