What is STEM?

STEM is the study of science, technology, engineering and maths. At school, STEM is often learned through tasks that are practical and team based. In biology you might grow a seedling, while in technology you might design a solar-powered watch. Find out what STEM is, how it helps you and how STEM is helping us tackle the biggest issues of our time.

What is STEM?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and maths. There are many exciting and satisfying jobs in the STEM industries. Find out more.

How STEM helps you

  • At school

    STEM helps you develop valuable skills like problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.

  • After school

    STEM skills open up opportunities in some of the world’s most innovative industries.

  • When you study

    Studying STEM builds sought-after skills for jobs of the future.

How STEM is helping the world

STEM is at the forefront of global developments that will change our lives for years to come. Whether it’s biomedicine, artificial intelligence or clean energy, STEM is helping us tackle some of the biggest issues of our time.

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Frequently asked questions

Creativity and STEM

  • Creative thinking is central to complex problem solving so make sure you don’t leave your creativity at the door!

    Leah Heiss

    Working between design, health and technology

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  • Sue Keay

    We need to think beyond that we already know and that's where creativity is important.

    Dr Sue Keay

    Research Director CSIRO

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  • There is always something to learn in every situation. Many of my best outcomes and most creative ideas are the result of overcoming difficulties I did not expect.

    Raffaela Demichelis

    Senior Research Fellow

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