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STEM is an acronym for the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. There is currently a low uptake of STEM related subjects. Figures show that, this year alone, 556 Grade 10 learners ,5 601 Grade 11 learners, and 3 373 Grade 12 learners switched from Mathematics to Mathematical Literacy with some Western Cape schools having phased out Mathematics and Physical Sciences completely. The STEM discussion has therefore become a presidential priority as too few students are pursuing degrees in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
The Cape Town Science Centre, in collaboration with the Western Cape Education Department, has earmarked on the launch of the STEM Clubs Network as a strategic extra-curricular support programme to promote STEM engagement, literacy and career development in the Western Cape.
The launch of the STEM Clubs offer learners opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics in an informal setting, allowing them to experiment, to ask questions and experience challenges that cultivate interest and increase the number of learners who are interested in pursuing their studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
South African Education Project (SAEP) has opted to register two high schools from Philippi for STEM participation in 2023 with a focus on strengthening the under performing Mathematics and Physical Science fields in the Cape Flats schools, biodiversity science and robotics.
SAEP Chief Executive Officer, Donavan Fullard says "Reigniting the passion for science through the STEM Clubs reaffirms our intention and support for education system strengthening going forward. These are the first two schools of 8 High Schools and 14 Primary Schools in Philippi to participate in this network of teachers and learners".
School-based STEM Clubs provide opportunities for learners to explore STEM topics, providing coverage beyond the scope of the CAPS curriculum, produce specialists that are in demand in the main stream economy and encourages a culture of lifelong learning.
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