“Social enterprises are businesses that trade to intentionally tackle social problems, improve communities, provide people access to employment and training, or help the environment.” – Social Traders
COVID-19 is upon us, the ‘new normal’ will impact all of us, our education system requires a radical change. In 2017, we presented ‘Flip Learning’ methods to a bemused audience at a conference in India. Now in 2020, this has become a reality. Here in Australia, the over-reliance on foreign investment must end and we have no choice but to build our own economy right from the grass roots level. Corona Virus has shown us that over dependence on overseas manufacturers has crippled our economy.
It was reported in 2011, 25 per cent of the manufactured imports comes from china. The demand for our natural resources stagnated ever since. With COVID-19, we can officially declare STEM Education is the key to our economy.
Australia cannot afford to be seen as the warehouse of the world. New technologies, intelligent and innovative industries in Australia can create billions of local and international opportunities for entrepreneurs.
Australian STEM Courses creates learning opportunities within the vocational education sector through Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing framework. Currently, we are working with several not-for-profit organisation in Australia with taster courses for high school students in 3D printing technology, laser engraving and 3D milling machines. Our aim is to create seeding opportunities for students to choose STEM as a preferred area of interest in their high studies.In over two-decades of experience in working alongside the Technical And Further Education (TAFE) NSW and lecturers from universities in Australia. We have concluded that Australia was moving more towards the financial sector and increase its education market
“According to recent studies in neuroscience, the way we learn doesn’t always match up with the way we are taught”
– Clayton Christensen, Author of Disrupting Class, 2008
Did you know Australia is the 3rd most preferred destination for international students?
Education sector is more than $22 billion industry in Australia. International students numbers in Australia is set to exceed one million beyond 2020. US visa changes and Brexit is contributing to this shift.
We are bunch of social entrepreneurs willing to influence parents to invest their education dollars wisely. Our ‘Social Enterprise’ concept stands in between a monolithic standardised education system and the cry for customisation in the different ways students consume learning. The problem we see exacerbates when we put the teacher in the middle. Our concept removes, teacher who is thought to be the ‘sage on the stage’ to a more collaborative peer learning and computer based learning. The teacher now become a facilitator to a new disruptive way new way of blended learning.
How will it work in real life?
Imagine the local Head Teacher of IT department at a public school in NSW wants to utilise the four 3D printers they recently purchased. However, schools have been shut due to COVID-19. The teacher decides to give his students access to the cloud-based 3D software to design face masks from their home. Face mask would help the health care workers at a nearby age care facility. The students engages with the teacher on their hourly mentoring session via Zoom meeting to complete the design. They remotely connect from their home to a remote 3D printer located in the school. The students are able to view the 3D printer in action via video conferencing and within 2 weeks the students will be able to produce 40 face masks.
When ever there is jitters in the market, people react and take a short term view to mitigate the disruption. We’ve seen this after the Dot Com burst in 2000 and the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in 2008. It is no different during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last ten years students enrolling in STEM subjects have drastically declined. This is partly because they do not see a future in Australia for their skills. When Australia is over reliant on cheaper overseas manufacturers, no wonder the student enrolment in STEM related courses in Australia have declined. Lack of skilled workers is a big concern in Australia, companies have no choice but to offshore their operations or hire foreign workers to fill in the gap.
Our mission is to reduce the gap between what the student study in schools and the industry needs. Today students are studying for jobs that won’t exist in the future. STEM trained employees have a better chance in securing lucrative jobs. Our aim is to develop our students to be job-ready.
Do you know where will you be in 10 years from now? Contact us, we will show you how.