Want to solve our STEM skills problem? Bring in the professionals

School News Feb 8 edition acknowledges Australia needs a successful STEM strategy now the Digital Technology curriculum is out.

Teachers who have been STEM professionals prior to becoming teachers bring invaluable work and life experience skills to the classroom.

People who have worked in STEM areas outside of the teaching profession, such as mathematicians, technologists, engineers or scientists, have current knowledge and experience of the discipline. This enables them to effectively demonstrate the link between content knowledge in maths and science, and its diverse uses in real workplaces.

Schools need to ensure all relevant teachers have the time, resources, and support to engage with the new subject in a meaningful way.