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Title STEM Education in Europe: Inclusively inspiring and enabling more young people to pursue aerospace and STEM
Abstract STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) comprises the main areas of study and skills on which scientific and technological industries, including the aerospace sector, lay their foundations. In recent decades, institutions and governments have identified a more than consolidated tendency: a very low uptake of STEM studies throughout the whole education process, especially in the case of girls. From a very early age, a significant amount of STEM potential is being lost, which leads to slower scientific and technological progress in the industry. This reality not only affects these particular industries but it also burdens our society considerably, preventing it from: reaching Sustainable Development Goals, generating problem-solving, innovative and critical thinking citizens with 21st century skills, preparing the next generation for jobs that don’t yet exist, creating inclusive and diverse teams of people, interconnecting cultures, and more. In this white paper, a brief analysis of STEM education across Europe is presented, supported by case studies and accompanied by current state-of-the-art research from a variety of sources, incorporating the knowledge and experience from academic researchers and practitioners in education. A concise summary of the main issues, transverse across European countries, and recommendations to address them effectively by the different actors involved are provided. In particular, this white paper: - Focuses on the weakest spots: early inspiration, retention of young women, the contribution and influence of peers/family, the perception of women in STEM careers, and the importance of European coordination. - Delivers: a plentiful set of recommendations to address each weakness, emphasising the role of the aerospace sector and the contribution that organisations such as WIA-Europe can make to society, both locally and at a European level, in order to encourage young people, especially girls, to pursue pathways into STEM.
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