At Kings Monkton School STEM subjects are an important part of our curriculum, and an area that pupils excel at.
What are STEM subjects?
STEM stands for:
At KMS the list of STEM subjects are pretty big:
• Design and technology.
• Information and communications technology (IT or ICT).
• Computer science.
Kings Monkton School develops pupils understanding and knowledge of STEM subjects both inside and outside of the classroom. We work in partnership with InestIN so pupils can attend conferences in Kings College London, or University College London, to get a better understanding of engineering and science-based subjects. We also work with Swansea University to offer pupils the opportunity to undertake a weeks engineering camp at Swansea University at the end of Year 12.
Pupils enter competitions to develop their interest and improve their CV, such as the UKSDC competition, in conjunction with NASA and coding competitions, both online and at events. The ultimate experience for our pupils is the opportunity to spend ten days in Silicon Valley learning about the blue chip industry.
At KMS we ensure that pupils not only get the best results in subjects such as mathematics and science – with outstanding GCSE and A Level results year on year – but also get the practical experience of studying and learning about these subjects and careers with professionals from different universities and industries.
Why are STEM subjects important?
STEM subjects are important because they form the basis of a huge number of careers. Some of these jobs might be obvious – like research scientist, doctor, engineer and accountant. But others – such as software developer, pilot, architect – are not so obvious.
Many STEM careers need creativity as much as the more analytical skills traditionally associated with STEM subjects. Most STEM roles are about coming up with solutions to problems – and problem solving is often about thinking creatively or “outside the box”.
Take architecture – it’s a core STEM career. Architects use complex maths every day. And yet it’s one of the most creative careers out there. It’s a perfect examples of where maths and creativity come together.
At the same time, STEM subjects require research, attention to detail and a critical approach which is useful in any profession or subject. This means STEM and arts/humanities subjects complement each other well at A-level, as skills gained in one can improve your approach to the other.
There’s even a campaign going on at the moment to rename STEM “STEAM” to include the artistic and design skills needed in many STEM-based careers.
What careers can STEM subjects lead to?
The breadth of careers STEM subjects can lead to is actually pretty breath taking, for example:
• Space scientist: From astronauts and rocket scientists to meteorologists and climate scientists, space scientists study the Earth’s atmosphere, as well as outer space and the things in it. Must study: Physics.
• Doctor: General practitioners see patients locally to diagnose illnesses, while consultants specialise in a particular area of medicine, and surgeons carry out operations. Must study: Biology.
• Civil engineer: Design the buildings, roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Must study: Maths.
• Accountant: Prepare and look at companies’ accounts: that is, the money they spend and receive. Must study: Maths.
• Web Developer: Use computer programming languages to build and improve websites and online apps. Must study: Maths.
• Marine biologist: Studies sea creatures, from their behaviour and the way they interact, to the impact of humankind. Must study: Biology.
• Automotive engineer: Design and improve land vehicles like cars, lorries and vans. Must study: Maths.
• Chemical engineer: Make and improve medicines, household products like detergents, and cosmetics, which involve the use of chemicals. Must study: Maths.
• Architect: Come up with the designs for buildings and other things in the built environment, from bridges to football stadiums. Must study: Maths.
• Statistician: Use information to draw conclusions about the real-world. Must study: Maths