GLENORCHY Primary School recently joined a league of schools across Australia to participate in an Australian-first.
STEM+X encourages students to explore the possibilities of learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills combined with their hobbies and interests.
The initiative was developed by NBN Co in partnership with the Australian Business Community Network.
Glenorchy Primary School principal Wendy Potter said she was “thrilled” the school was selected for the program.
“We believe STEM is a foundation skill that plays an essential role in setting our students up for successful futures,” she said.
“We are looking forward to watching how our students’ views on STEM evolve as they are encouraged to think outside the box to apply these skills to their passions and future careers.”
STEM+X saw the school take part in a hands-on workshop designed to give students an understanding of how technology can be applied to solve real life problems.
Following the workshop, the students were asked to develop a STEM idea that would brighten their community or Australia’s future.
They will present their idea at the nbn Futurists’ Fair, a virtual competition that will be streamed live to the NBN Co headquarters in Sydney on 22 May.
The company’s chief network deployment officer, Katherine Dyer, said the pilot program would provide students with skills for “tomorrow’s workforce.”
“With one in two Australians predicted to need online skills such as programming, software development and digital technology to remain competitive in the 2030 job market, getting students excited about learning STEM will be vital to their future success,” she said.
Scott Gaunson and Brett Stanford from the STEM YouTube channel ‘How Ridiculous’ will join a panel of experts to judge the entries at the fair.
The students will compete for the chance to have How Ridiculous visit their school for a day of science fun, as well as a tech prize pack for the school.
Caption: Glenorchy Primary School students Ethan Lavulo and Molly Smith. Photo credit: Tony Lomas.