Preparing your kids for the jobs of the future


There's been a lot of discussion about the importance of developing skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) for our kids. Over the next 30 years, 75% of the fastest growing professions will require STEM-related skills.

But developing these skills doesn’t have to be solely in the classroom; there are many fun and practical ways to set the next generation up for their future careers.

Experiential learning programs

Experiential learning is one of the best ways to encourage a curiosity in STEM encompassing a hands-on approach. Immersive experiences transport learning outside of the classroom and textbooks, and encourage kids to see how their education applies to the real-world.

A great example is CASE Junior Ocean School where students get to experience Australia’s marine biodiversity firsthand with a visit to Brisbane and Cairns. Over the 13-day program, they jump into some exciting adventure based learning activities, while exploring and learning about the magnificent Great Barrier Reef.

The YouTube classroom

Beyond the millions of funny cat videos, YouTube is also a fantastic resource for kids to learn STEM. Educational videos about science, maths and engineering have become increasingly popular, with dedicated channels raking in millions of views a day.

One of the best channels to check out is viral YouTube sensation Eddie Woo who is leading a Maths revolution in Australia with his highly engaging classroom tutorials and videos. His lessons are valuable for all high school students, whether they are falling behind or looking to expand their conceptual maths knowledge.

YouTube is also home to a wealth of channels delivering informational science and engineering that are entertaining for beginners and experts alike. Science and engineering channels like Mark Rober, Veritasium and Vsauce are widely popular with a combined following of 45 million subscribers.

Online courses

Online learning courses have greatly increased access to valuable education for all age groups, especially in newly emerging fields like robotics. The FlipRobot learning course teaches Robotic learning which develops the rich multidisciplinary skills critical to a future career such as problem solving, computational thinking, curiosity and imagination.

These courses are also fun and engaging, like the CASE Space Academy which simulates what exploring, living and working on Mars might look like. Students can design their own Mars exploration mission inspired by NASA technology, and imagine how to support the first-ever Mars human colony.

Coding for kids

Almost everywhere we look, coding has redefined our lives, but many of us don’t know the basics. Visual programming tools such as Tynker or Scratch have made learning the basics of coding easy for children as young as 5 years old. You can also check out our blog on the top 5 tips for getting started.

It’s important that kids have access to some of the amazing education resources available, outside of the traditional classroom environment. That’s why we’re committed to helping families manage extra education costs as well as tuition fees.

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