What is STEM?


STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. As educators we must ensure that our young people have the skills, knowledge and understanding in STEM subjects to enable them to take advantage of job opportunities within our local economy.

The importance of STEM expertise to the NI economy is generally accepted as key to maintaining our international competitiveness.

We need to encourage our young people to acquire knowledge in these science-related subjects to maximise their potential in the world of work.

EBALC and STEM Schools within the East Belfast Area Learning Community take a positive and proactive approach to promoting STEM to our students by:

• building stronger links with local STEM employers;
• raising awareness of training and Further Education options;
• the promotion of diverse job roles and career paths to our students.

Through curriculum delivery and Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) provision from Year 8 upwards in each school, we strive to ensure students are fully aware of the broad skill base studying STEM will provide.

Our teachers and schools have a pivotal role in highlighting how relevant STEM subjects are in the current and future economy and job market. Working in partnership with the Belfast Education & Library Board, we have designed this website as a resource for parents to utilise when discussing and exploring training, education and possible career options within the STEM sector with their children.

Schools involved in this project include:


• Ashfield Boys' High School
• Ashfield Girls' High School
• Bloomfield Collegiate School
• Campbell College
• Grosvenor Grammar School
• Mitchell House School
• Park School
• Strathearn School
• Lagan College
• Our Lady & St Patrick's College, Knock
• Tor Bank School



Further Information



Schools in East Belfast involved in STEM projects and activities.



Ashfield Boys’ School | Ashfield Girls’ School | Bloomfield Collegiate | Campbell College | Grosvenor Grammar
Lagan College | Mitchell House | Our Lady & St Patrick’s College | Park School | Strathearn | Tor Bank School