Wondering what young people think about STEM?

In a world of constant change, it is critical that the Australian population has the right skills to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the technological and innovative advancements happening around the world. That’s why an understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is invaluable to developing these skills.

It’s not just our scientists and coders who need STEM skills, however. STEM knowledge and skills lead to new products, more efficient services and a more diverse, resilient and sustainable economy across all sectors.

In light of this, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science commissioned Student Edge’s market research arm, Youthlnsight, to conduct a nationwide study of Australian students’ attitudes and behaviours towards STEM education and careers in STEM-related fields.

The study was carried out online, and surveyed 2,000 students aged between 12 and 25 years from all states and territories. The results provide a national benchmark of awareness and perceptions held by young Australians towards STEM.

Nurturing and tapping into the entire pool of STEM talent will support a more innovative, inclusive and prosperous economy. As such, this report particularly focused on the gender inequity found throughout STEM education and careers.

Read the full Youth in STEM research report here, or check out the Infographic below!

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