Today’s students with intentions to study at university do less maths and less science than previous generations.
School leavers are less well prepared to enter STEM courses at university, while many finish high school with no science study at all.
Australians may not understand how to be innovative, but they definitely want to be.
There are some simple steps government, company leaders and venture capitalists can make to help pivot Australia's economy.
Being made to feel you don’t belong in your chosen field is stressful.
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Being underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math means women can be made to feel they don't belong, with long-term mental health consequences.
Africa needs women scientists and researchers like the Ivory Coast’s Dr Celine Nobah, pictured here at work. What can be done to develop female researchers?
Policies at universities and in research institutions can be changed in small and significant ways to boost the space for gender equity within the sciences.
University of Cape Town scientists work in the Drug Discovery and Development Centre. More needs to be done to keep Africa’s scientists on home ground.
If the continent is to grasp the science and technology revolution, then governments should take the lead in both policy formulation and implementation.
Nature or nurture?
Academically advanced students from countries such as India are spending much more time studying STEM subjects. Should US kids work harder to compete?
Let’s all go on a maths walk.
Maths is all around us. Let children hunt for it.
There is beauty in mathematical ideas and proofs.
Poetry is at the heart of technology. Did not Pythagoras find the connections between beautiful music and mathematics?
Haters gonna Hate.
How a social media campaign is revealing more about the good, and bad, in the industry.
In evaluations, men are often seen as more knowledgeable.
Contrary to what some think, the battle against sexism in STEM has not been won, let alone reversed in favor of women.
What time do you think it’s safe for me to leave work?
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Despite macho career advice, it's time for scientists – and everyone else – to understand that the point is to work smarter, not longer and to strive for a realistic and livable work/life balance.
The real answer to what the economy might look like in 30-50 years is that none of us really know.
As Australia leaves the old economy behind, the word we must embrace for the new is "nimble".
Believing “math isn’t for everyone” may steer kids away from tackling the challenge.
Kids who think being good at mathematics is just a matter of God-given talent are less likely to pursue math-related fields. But research says this kind of belief is misguided.
Ask a kid to draw a scientist, you’ll probably get a man in a lab coat.
Even citizens of gender-equal countries associate science with men. The stereotype persists, though weakened a bit in countries with more women doing science. How can we put it to bed once and for all?
Shorten is right to see the importance in science, technology and maths, but his policies don’t have proven efficacy.
A heavy focus of Bill Shorten's budget reply speech was preparing for the future with science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. While this focus is a step in the right direction, the policies probably aren't the right way to go about it.
It might become a great engineer, but will unlikely be a very good social worker.
More STEM education isn't a bad thing, but if we want to safeguard our jobs from being taken by machines, we need more emphasis on the humanities.
Negative stereotypes hamper the success of black males in STEM fields.
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Black male kids who start out by excelling in STEM gradually lose interest due to low teacher expectations and racial stereotyping. The result? Blacks hold only 6% of all STEM jobs.
Is hiring bias the reason women leave STEM careers?
A new Cornell study claiming panels select women over men at a rate of 2:1 for science, technology, maths and engineering jobs is flawed because the study doesn't reflect real-life hiring practices.
One study found women twice as likely to be chosen for tenure-track STEM jobs.
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Figuring out points along the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math pipeline where women are doing ok can help focus efforts to improve sex ratios where they can make a difference.
How many little girls do you see dressing up as builders or car mechanics?
By pre-school children are already thinking about the career they will have when they grow up, and ruling out jobs that do not fit with their gender. We need to get in early to get rid of stereotypes.