Many parents do not believe that their children are getting the right opportunities to prepare them for the future. Science, technology and engineering are critical to the future of Britain and the wider world.
Schools need to keep up with new scientific and technological advances or the next generation of scientists could be at risk. This is the view, gleaned by research, that asked parents what they thought of science lessons today and their own memories of the science they learnt at school.
An overwhelming 87% said they felt children would be far more engaged in science lessons if they incorporated the most advanced technology as learning tools. However, almost seven in ten (68%) believed schools aren’t keeping up with the latest available technological innovations.
The government has admitted that, even though figures show science subjects are becoming more popular, only a handful of schools and colleges are taking steps to put technology at the heart of the classroom.
The Education Secretary recently spoke with tech firms across the UK and Silicon Valley, calling on them to work with government and educators to provide support in this area.
At the same time, the Chief Inspector at Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, said science was being “squeezed out” of the curriculum in primary schools as teachers focused on preparing pupils for their Maths and English SATs.
Engaging children at an earlier age would be one step in the right direction. One Bristol based start-up, Interative Scientific, run by its award winning young CEO, Dr. Becky Sage believes it has the answer. Dr. Sage says innovative cloud-based technologies like Nano Simbox – their immersive digital learning tool for visualizing molecular structures – lets students jump right into the world they are learning about, gives them the scientific skills for the 21st Century and prepares them for using science in the workplace.
It helps equip teachers and schools with the tools to make science more fun and engaging.
To date, Nano Simbox has been rolled out in 40 schools across the UK, China and Germany with the goal of 10,000 students using it by the end of 2018.
The state-of-the-art science and technology that underpins the education tool is the same that is used in Interactive Scientific’s research tools in universities and pharmaceutical labs.
As part of Oracle’s Global Start-up Ecosystem, Interactive Scientific are making the most of cloud-based technology to test, experiment and create this new type of ecosystem for science students and scientists around the world.
With fewer girls than boys choosing to study STEM subjects at secondary school and university and with just 14.4% of STEM jobs going to women in the UK, it’s hoped that the take up of high tech teaching tools in classrooms around the country will not just stimulate more children, but inspire more teenage girls to embrace science.
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.