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Break the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths education), IN Holyrood, No 412 5 Nov 2018, pp14-18

Looks at the challenges involved in encouraging students to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. Describes the importance of the individual STEM subjects, highlighting a wide range of successful applications, and considers the barriers presented by the use of the STEM acronym. Discusses the Scottish government's STEM strategy, and the ways in which key challenges are being addressed including: engaging young people in STEM subjects; recruiting teachers with the right skills; encouraging more women to take STEM subjects; the impact of current clashes between science and politics such as climate change and fracking; and the need for Scottish universities to take full advantage of future opportunities. Highlights the need to address the data skills gap and ensure access to new medicines and research funding after Brexit.


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