STEMNET is an organisation which aims to increase children’s interest in science in all its shapes and sizes. On the news we are always hearing about the need for more scientists and engineers to fill the jobs available, in an economic climate that we find ourselves in with souring unemployment why are these jobs vacant?
The long and short of it is that if school children don’t chose to pursue these types of careers early on, such as GCSE level they don’t get the qualifications required to fill these roles. Studies have been done to identify children’s enjoyment of science in school at various ages and have very sadly shown a decrease in interest as children get older.
So the STEMNET initiative to increase the interest and activity in any kind of science is very worthwhile not just for the scientific community but pretty much for the whole country, as grand a statement as that sounds. STEMNET do this by sending ambassadors into schools to give kids ideas of the vast options of science based jobs that are out there, more than just lab monkey or science teacher. Also they do experiments with the children that they wouldn’t get a chance to do in normal lessons to get them excited and out of the normal classroom environment.
As far as good efforts go STEMNET trying to breach the gap between graduates with science qualifications and jobs available in science and engineering, it’s up there with the best.