Spotlight on Science Learning
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are vital to Canada’s economic well-being and quality of life. We at Let’s Talk Science, with Amgen Canada, are examining the state of STEM learning in Canada through our landmark Spotlight on Science Learning studies. Explore the studies below to learn more about the importance of STEM learning to our youth today.
2015 Exploring Parental Influence: Shaping teen decisions regarding science education
Almost 90 per cent of Canadian parents believe they are the strongest influence when it comes to making decisions about their children’s education and post-secondary pathways, but they are not exerting that influence when it comes to science education. The results are part of the fourth Spotlight on Science Learning report released today by Let’s Talk Science and made possible by Amgen Canada that takes an in-depth look at the shape of STEM – science, technology, engineering, math – learning landscape in Canada.
This year’s report, Exploring parental influence: shaping teen decisions regarding science education, examines parents’ beliefs and attitudes when it comes to influencing their child’s academic and career choices. Read more about the report.
2014 - Shaping Tomorrow’s Workforce: What do Canada’s Teens Think About Their Futures?
Youth may have growing interest in and appreciation for science, but are they actually planning to pursue careers in it? Spotlight on Science Learning: Shaping Tomorrow’s Workforce: What do Canada’s Teens Think About Their Futures?, a new research report released by Let’s Talk Science and made possible by Amgen Canada, examines just this. We gain insight into how and when teens think about their future careers as they go through high school and make post-secondary choices. By understanding how teens think about their pathways, and what influences them, we can better help our youth to identify and capture tomorrow’s opportunities. Read more about the report.
2013 – The High Cost of Dropping Science and Math
Spotlight on Science Learning: The High Cost of Dropping Science and Math is the latest research report from Let’s Talk Science, made possible by Amgen Canada. This research reveals that the economic impact of dropping science, technology and math courses in high school is costing Canada much more than anticipated. From the financial costs associated with making up lost courses, and the opportunity costs associated with lost future earnings, to the societal costs associated with reduced innovation in Canada and unfilled jobs due to incompatible skills, we all lose when science, technology and math education is not pursued.
2012 – A Benchmark of Canadian Talent
Science and technology are increasingly important to Canada’s economic well-being and quality of life. A critical element for our long-term success – as individuals and as a country – is science learning.
Many jobs that will be in high demand in the coming decades, from health care to skilled trades, directly require a background in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), in its latest 10-year employment growth outlook, forecasts that some of the biggest growth will occur in STEM-related fields. HRSDC says that almost 75 per cent of new jobs between 2009 and 2018 will be in high-skill occupations.
Young people need to know this: beyond the traditional career paths that call for a background in STEM, today’s employers are looking for a certain skill set. Jobs in every field call for people who are analytical, curious and critical thinkers, able to make connections – the very qualities that exposure to STEM learning nurtures.
As a nation, we need to grasp the current state of science learning, understand the full scope of its relevance, discuss whether we’re supporting science learning sufficiently and develop innovative ways to generate even more interest in science among Canada’s youth. Let’s Talk Science and Amgen Canada have teamed up to produce this landmark study on the key indicators of science learning. A national panel of experts was assembled to identify benchmarks that should be monitored and to spur national discussion and action on this critically important issue.