STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – covers a wide range of disciplines and skills, which are increasingly in demand in our rapidly changing world. STEM skills and knowledge are important for all stages of our learning, jobs and everyday lives.
STEM in the Education State plan brings together all of the actions that will help us to deliver the vision for improved learning and outcomes in STEM. It is also the start of a conversation about where to head next in early learning, education, and training, and how to involve our communities and businesses in this important work.
STEM education and training covers the specific knowledge and skills found in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. It also covers the interrelationship between these areas, allowing learning to be delivered in an integrated way, helping a deeper engagement in the four disciplines.
For younger children, scientific and numerical concepts are embedded in several outcomes in the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF). This supports early childhood professionals to work with families to advance children's learning from birth to eight years.
For Foundation to Level 10 (F–10) school students, STEM knowledge and skills are embedded within the Victorian Curriculum, in Mathematics, Science, Design and Technologies, and Digital Technologies. STEM education also develops capabilities such as critical and creative thinking, collaboration and ethical decision making.
Senior secondary students with a strong interest in STEM can access education and training pathways, including the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs or a school-based apprenticeship/ traineeship in STEM-related industries.
For information on a range of initiatives to boost STEM learning, see: