STEM (which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is an education curriculum that focuses heavily on the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is a teaching philosophy that integrates all four aforementioned disciplines together into a single, cross-disciplinary program, which offers instruction in real-world (as opposed to purely academic) applications and teaching methods and gives the incentive for students to use their cross-disciplinary knowledge to solve problems. This requires a significant amount of creativity and flexible thinking, as well as technical knowledge and mastery of each individual discipline. Science and math are particularly important in STEM, because technology and engineering are dependent on them. STEM-based learning programs are intended to increase students’ interest in pursuing higher education and careers in those fields.
Initiatives as such also do more to reach and encourage females and minority students, who may not have shown interest in STEM subjects in the past or may not have had strong support to pursue and excel in STEM subjects. Skills gained from STEM education include: Complex problem-solving, critical thinking, reasoning, creativity, teamwork, self-confidence. F1 in Schools is the only truly global educational program that raises awareness of STEM and Formula 1 among students and school children in every region, in every country, on every continent. F1 in Schools STEM Challenge assists with the transition to the world of work and bridges the gap between high schools, TAFE and universities.