The panel, made up of industry experts, researchers and educators, will over the coming months focus on developing a State STEM strategy.
The STEM strategy will initially map Western Australia's STEM workforce, highlighting strengths and gaps in skills and expertise. It will then identify STEM growth industries with a vision to grow the local workforce.
The panel will work collaboratively to identify ways of promoting the importance of the key STEM skills of problem solving, critical thinking and innovation to employers, educators, parents and students.
The Minister for Education and Training, Sue Ellery, said "We must prepare our kids to take on the jobs of the future, while at the same time assisting our current workforce to adapt to innovations and changing environments by retraining and up-skilling. That is why the STEM Advisory Panel will identify ways to promote the importance of the key STEM skills of problem solving, critical thinking and innovation to employers, educators, parents and students."
Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken highlighted that "the core competencies provided by STEM subjects, including critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and rigorous evaluation, are skills that will be increasingly valuable. "By supporting STEM uptake we will position our future workforce to be adaptable, flexible and innovative."
The panel is expected to have prepared a strategy by the end of March 2018.