Creating STEM Awareness in the Classroom

by Tanvir Kaur on 08 Mar, 2024

As technology advances and AI becomes more prevalent, the demand for innovative solutions is soaring. This makes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers increasingly important. Educators play a pivotal role in shaping the future workforce by raising awareness about the vast opportunities in STEM fields, helping students make informed decisions about their career paths.


Lets Talk Careers Competition - Career Planning



What Are STEM Careers?


STEM Careers


STEM careers offer a wide range of opportunities across various disciplines. These careers require strong problem-solving, creativity, analytical, and research skills. Popular STEM careers include Automation Engineer, Biologist, Chemical Engineer, Data Scientist, and Mathematician.





Benefits of STEM Careers


  • High Employment Opportunities: STEM jobs are in high demand as technology evolves, creating a constant need for individuals who can leverage science and technology for innovative solutions.

  • Transferable Skills: Skills developed in STEM fields, such as critical thinking and creativity, are valuable across various industries.

  • Flexibility: STEM skills are cross-marketable, offering individuals the flexibility to switch or specialize in different fields within STEM.

  • Societal Impact: STEM fields contribute to improving the economy and enhancing quality of life, providing job satisfaction.

  • Higher Earnings: Due to the high demand, STEM professionals often receive competitive salaries, bonuses, and incentives.

Addressing the Gender Gap in STEM

Statistics Canada's study with data from BC revealed a gender gap in STEM enrollment, with women 29.8% less likely than men to enroll in postsecondary STEM programs after high school graduation. Educators can bridge this gap by empowering students with awareness about STEM careers.


The Government of Canada and its federal partners have introduced several initiatives aimed at increasing science literacy and the participation of under-represented groups, including women and Indigenous communities, in STEM fields. These initiatives provide resources and materials to motivate youth to pursue STEM careers.

Supporting Tools for Educators: ChatterHigh 


A valuable tool for educators is the ChatterHigh platform, offering free STEM courses in engineering, advanced manufacturing, and cybersecurity. These courses help students explore career pathways and innovative technologies in STEM fields. Check out our Resources Page to learn more about these courses. 


ChatterHigh also hosts Let's Talk Careers, a biannual competition designed to help students explore a wide range of career paths, including those in STEM and Skilled Trades. In partnership with Let’s Talk Science, Skills Canada, Engineers Canada, and Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), this competition encourages students to delve into higher education and career options through daily quizzes, with the opportunity to earn points and prizes.


Let's Talk Careers Competition for Career Exploration


Celebrate Engineering Month 


This year, ChatterHigh is proud to collaborate with Engineers Canada and Engineers of Tomorrow to celebrate Engineering Month. This celebration, themed “There’s a place for you in engineering,” showcases the diversity and impact of the engineering profession, inspiring the next generation of engineers.


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Educators can incorporate "Let's Explore Engineering" into classroom lesson plans to help students understand the path to becoming an engineer and the diverse opportunities engineering offers.


Additionally, explore the National Engineering Month Calendar for engineering events in your region, featuring fun and inspiring activities to ignite the interest of future engineers.




Educators can utilize these resources and initiatives to empower students with knowledge about STEM careers, ultimately helping them make informed decisions about their futures. By promoting STEM awareness in classrooms, educators can play a crucial role in shaping a brighter future for their students and society as a whole.



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