Wonder Workshop - STEM Survey



STEM Survey 

60% of Parents Don’t Know What STEM in Education Means

Survey Results


Do you think it's more important that your child(ren) learn a new language or learn to code?
Learn a new language (63.7)
Learn to code (36.3%)

Do you think proficiency in tech is as necessary a life skill as budgeting or learning to cook?

Yes 68%

Do you understand the acronym STEM?
No 60.1% Of those 65.4% were female compared to 34.6 male

Do you agree parents should encourage children to play with STEM toys?

Agree (57.6%)

Do you limit screen or computer time for your children?
Yes 75.5%

How many hours per week do your children use tech?
6-10 (29.7%)
11-15 (24.6%)
1-5 (15.3%)

Are your children taught technology or coding at school?
68.7 Yes

How often do your children ask you to help them play with STEM toys that you don't understand how to use?
42% Sometimes  


STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – are currently considered to be the core of a solid education, and yet 60% of parents don’t understand what the acronym stands for. Rather worryingly, 65.4% of those who didn’t know what STEM meant, were women. In spite of this, more than two thirds (68%) of parents think that proficiency in tech is as necessary a life skill as budgeting or learning to cook.

These figures, collated in a study by Wonder Workshop, seem to show that although parents do appear to acknowledge the importance of a technical education, engagement is another matter entirely.

Two thirds (68.7%) of parents of children aged 6 to 12 surveyed, said that their children were taught technology or coding at school. However, only just over half (57.6%) agreed that they should extend this learning experience by encouraging their kids to play with STEM toys at home, while 42% said that their kids have STEM toys but they (the parents) sometimes don’t understand how to use them.

Managing Director of Wonder Workshop Germany, Christopher Cederskog commented: ‘When asked to value learning to code versus learning a new language, a massive 63.7% of parents opted in favour of the language.

‘What most adults don’t understand – but thankfully, most kids and schools do – is that learning to code is actually learning a new language in its own right. Only, unlike French or German, it can be applied to an absolutely enormous array of careers.

‘Whether you’re aware of it or not, coding is responsible for the smooth running of most aspects of our lives these days, from the phones we use to the products we buy, making it one of the most highly desired qualifications of the moment. Even if kids don’t go onto a career that uses coding, the discipline teaches problem solving and logic which are vital skills.

STEM subjects are becoming increasingly important in international educational systems. However, I believe that all learning should be fun, and STEM toys can make a real difference to a child’s learning experience.’

November 2017



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