STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
STEM subjects are integral to the UK’s success: the UK is the world’s sixth largest manufacturer, engineering turnover is around £800 billion per year, and whilst the UK makes up only 1% of the world’s population, we produce 10% of the world’s top scientific research. Despite this, it is remarkable to note that even though STEM graduates have the potential to earn amongst the highest salaries of all new recruits, employers are finding it difficult to recruit STEM skilled staff. And alongside our need for a skilled STEM workforce, it is crucial that all young people, regardless of their future career pathway, have the STEM knowledge and skills they need to be an informed citizen in an increasingly scientific and technological society.
It’s vital we inspire kids to get into these subjects and to forge careers in this area. The only way to do this, aside from the really important work their teachers do every day, is to lend a hand by inspiring them and being passionate about it.
We’re luckily enough to have a STEM ambassador as one of our instructors and he brings a wealth of knowledge and information to the squadron. The cadets regular take part in STEM activities on parade nights. This helps inspire the cadets and can be a noisy fun filed evening. The cadets have also helped programme 5 Raspberry-Pi as well as taking part in robot building and various engineering problem solving activities.