You might think STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is just another acronym for spending lots of time hunched over a desk, trying to find solutions to difficult maths or science problems that don’t relate to anything you'll do in the future.
But actually, STEM has never been more relevant for the future. Some of the most creative solutions to social issues are being developed by people working in STEM fields.
In fact, this is a key skillset employers look for – not just having the skills needed for the job, but being able to create, innovate, and solve problems.
Check out our top five most exciting projects from scientists, designers, and engineers over the past year:
- An algorithm that helps prevent the spread of HIV among homeless young people
- A Nike trainer designed for individuals with disabilities or limited mobility
- Safe and private temporary homes for refugees and displaced persons
- The machine that converts sewer sludge to safe drinking water
- Revolutionary prosthetics that have better range of motion and control than ever before
You don’t need be a star in maths or physics to create solutions or make a difference to global problems. You just need to be able to learn new skills, and apply them to a problem you feel strongly about.
If you fancy throwing your hat into the world of STEM, why not start with one of our STEM programmes and see where it takes you?
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