In a recent article in The Guardian, they ask ‘If the UK is to remain economically competitive, encouraging more young people to study science, technology, engineering and maths is key. So what can be done to raise interest in those subjects?
In 2004, the government published a 10-year plan that set out an ambitious investment framework for UK science and innovation, with a specific focus on their contribution to economic growth over the next decade.
But despite this investment, too few young people are choosing to do Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related degree courses or apprenticeships.
Ruth Amos, motivational speaker and MD of StairSteady recently joined a roundable event to discuss this hot topic, the event was hosted by The Guardian in association with BAE Systems. Ruth told the roundtable of the “uproar” she experienced when she decided to start a business instead of taking up a place at the University of Cambridge to study engineering.Amos designed a device aimed at helping those with difficulty getting up and down stairs as part of a GCSE resistant materials project, which won her the prestigious Young Engineer award in 2006. “I think schools push you down a very set route and we have to be careful of that because it’s not always the right one,” she said.
Read the full article in The Guardian here .