What is STEM?

Want to know more about STEM? Perhaps you are thinking of studying a STEM course or STEM subjects. If so, you may want to study at a STEM summer camp in the UK. We have put together a guide to STEM education with some frequently asked questions to help you decide.

1. What are STEM subjects?

STEM is an abbreviation that stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEM is a multi-disciplinary approach which allows students to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics making connections between the classroom and the real-world.

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2. Why should I study STEM subjects at a STEM summer course in the UK?

STEM is everywhere – at home, in classrooms, shops, transport and even at your summer school! Items that you use every day are shaped by science and technological innovations.

A new study, ‘Jobs of the Future’, from Social Market Foundation reveals that science, research, engineering and technology jobs will grow at double the rate of other occupations creating 142,000 extra jobs between now and 2031.

Undertaking a STEM summer course in the UK will give you the chance to explore this exciting and varied academic field. Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are all huge subjects in their own right and if these are subjects that interest you, now is the time to discover where your true passions lie.

STEM summer camps allow you to dive into the most exciting aspects of each subject and it will give you a chance to consider which of these you might like to pursue further in your education.

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3. Where can I study STEM courses or STEM subjects?

If you’re interested and think that you would like to study STEM with us, then we have two options for you to choose from. The first is the 2-week, Introduction to STEM course at SBC Canford Summer School. This course is for 11-15-year-old students who are looking to study STEM in the mornings and have sports or arts activities in the afternoons.

The other option is the STEM course at SBC at Eton College. Here the students are slightly older, 13-16 years old. In the afternoons, the students at SBC Eton will take part in the exciting SBC Leadership programme. This is a skills-based activity programme which takes place outside of the classroom.

Both of these courses are designed for students who might not have studied STEM before, so whether you are completely new to STEM or you know a bit about it already, this course will be a great choice for you.

There is another option for students who want to study at Wellington College, as we have a fantastic Sciences course there. Whilst it’s a slightly different course, students who are interested in STEM will also want to consider this combination of Biology, Chemistry and Physics at the beautiful Wellington College for 13-16-year-olds.

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4. What careers can STEM subjects lead to?

STEM is increasingly becoming more than a buzz topic in education and employers are increasingly recognising the tangible skills that students with a background in STEM subjects have.

Choosing a STEM subject at college and then university opens up many doors for different career paths, ranging from healthcare to aeronautics, from the creative to the mechanical and everything in between.

Studying on a STEM course with us could help you to plan ahead and prepare for future STEM studies by starting to help you to develop important skills connected to the way you think, the way you work and, perhaps most importantly, the way you work with others.

You’ll learn to be self-motivated and to think for yourself, to actively problem solve, to work in an organised manner and to succeed and thrive in a pressurised environment. Leading on from these independent skills you’ll also learn how to negotiate and work as part of a team, how to get the best out of others and how to really listen to ideas and take things on board.

This careful preparation equips and upskills you for a future career in some of the most exciting fields in today’s world, including but not by any means limited to AI, Medicine, Engineering, Environmental Science, Software and hardware development, Biotech and Architecture.

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3. Where can I study STEM courses or STEM subjects?

If you’re interested and think that you would like to study STEM with us, then we have two options for you to choose from. The first is the 2-week, Introduction to STEM course at SBC Canford Summer School. This course is for 11-15-year-old students who are looking to study STEM in the mornings and have sports or arts activities in the afternoons.

The other option is the STEM course at SBC at Eton College. Here the students are slightly older, 13-16 years old. In the afternoons, the students at SBC Eton will take part in the exciting SBC Leadership programme. This is a skills-based activity programme which takes place outside of the classroom.

Both of these courses are designed for students who might not have studied STEM before, so whether you are completely new to STEM or you know a bit about it already, this course will be a great choice for you.

There is another option for students who want to study at Wellington College, as we have a fantastic Sciences course there. Whilst it’s a slightly different course, students who are interested in STEM will also want to consider this combination of Biology, Chemistry and Physics at the beautiful Wellington College for 13-16-year-olds.