Prepping the STEMs of the future
Our mission is to help provide much needed preparation for students who will soon venture into STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) studies in their secondary education. There are many problems with STEM education in today’s Hong Kong, other than a growing lack of interest in the subjects, another issue lies in students’ insufficient exposure to science subjects.
Although we won’t be able to change the reality in Hong Kong’s educational systems in regard to STEM education, we believe Everyone Matters can make a positive impact on primary students' STEM learning by providing them with a jump start, hence helping them develop an important competitive advantage in their future studies.
A survey conducted by biotech firm Amgen in cooperation with City University of Hong Kong (CUHK) revealed 46% of the students were dissatisfied with their STEM education in secondary school.
A survey of Hong Kong science teachers conducted by biotech firm Amgen in cooperation with CUHK indicated that only 20% of the teachers felt they received enough support and professional development, and 44% stated that STEM was not given sufficient priority in the curriculum.
A poll conducted by the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers revealed that around 83% of Hong Kong educators 'do not feel confident teaching STEM subjects'.
We aim to provide primary students at local schools with fun, science fair-like activities to: 1) spark an interest in the three main sciences (chemistry, physics and biology), as well as in technology and engineering; 2) introduce children to new subjects that they would not typically be exposed to at this age, topics such as computer programming; and 3) foster their passion for sciences that could bloom into something greater. We have designed fun experiments in our weekly lessons which are age appropriate, and planned lessons that will help students develop self-learning habits.
Hey there! If anyone is interested in helping us spread the joy of STEM around Hong Kong, then just go to our Instagram page @everyonemattershk and get in touch with any of our members for inquiries. However, do keep in mind that due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in Hong Kong, we have decided to move the dates of the activities to the beginning of next semester in the hope that by that time, we will be able to proceed with the project as planned.