As interest in STEM falls, MathWorks discusses ways it plans to get the interest soaring again.
The company also used this as an opportunity to explore the creativity in mathematics, with the recent opening of The Winton Gallery in London’s Science Museum which opened in December 2016, exploring how mathematicians and their tools have helped shape the modern world over past four hundred years.
The opening of the gallery is also a way for students to boost their enjoyment of STEM, as 60 percent of STEM professionals say that students love for STEM is not built within the classroom alone but also with the support of extra-curricular activities like visiting the museum with families.
In helping people understand that maths can be found and used in a selection of different careers, the museum opened the gallery to show people, particularly students, that maths truly is everywhere.
This is also supported with MathWorks tool MATLAB, which is a platform used for solving engineering and scientific problems. It enables users to analyse large amounts of data, noticeably used by various engineers and scientists around the world in subjects such as aerospace and others that are gradually becoming more popular in the industry.
Hayhurst added: “One of the things we are doing is we’re helping university level professors to change their curriculums to make sure that actually, the tools that will be used in industry are taught also in university. So that people will get to the end of their degree and have all the skills needed for jobs and also the confidence and enthusiasm for using those tools and seeing what they can achieve and it is a natural progression.”
Overall, there is an essential need for more STEM-skilled applicants across industries and in order for the UK to remain a strong competitor in the global economy, schools and universities are strongly advised to continually attract students to STEM subjects, helping them to visualise the interest and enjoyment within careers to enable skills learnt to be put to essential use during career choices.