What is STEM

STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
In education, STEM encompasses a range of subjects and programmes, including biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computing, IT and ICT, and design and technology, as well as areas as diverse as agriculture, environmental science, interactive media, construction and accounting.
The skills learned through STEM education, the understanding of scientific methods and principles, as well as numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, are increasingly valuable to employers. The development of the information economy, increased digitalisation and the growth of niche manufacturing sectors mean digital, technical and engineering skills underpinned by scientific understanding and mathematical expertise are highly sought after.