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Students set their sights on studying STEM in schools

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, today visited Elanora State School on the Gold Coast to promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) learning as part of National Science Week.

STEM in Schools events are taking place at more than 350 locations around Australia, with many parliamentarians joining STEM professionals who will run activities and share their passion for STEM.

Minister Andrews shared her personal experiences and perspectives on STEM subjects, drawing on her past role as Assistant Minister for Science, and as a former engineer working at power stations and petrochemical sites.

“As someone with a personal background and interest in STEM, as an engineer, I know it can open many doors and may be the first step on the pathway to diverse and rewarding careers,” Minister Andrews said.

“STEM is driving changes that are having a constant and growing impact on our everyday lives, so helping students into subjects like science, maths and IT will better prepare them for life and work beyond school.

“I want all students to know that you can dream big when considering a career in STEM. Australia has produced some amazing scientists—people whose discoveries have changed the world, in medicine, in physics, in technology; things like WiFi, penicillin, Google Maps, the electric drill, the bionic ear—all invented or discovered by Australians.”

Minister Andrews noted research by PricewaterhouseCoopers, which suggested that changing 1 per cent of Australia’s workforce into STEM-related roles could add some $57 billion to our GDP over twenty years.

“I hope that all students take this opportunity to learn as much about STEM and where it can lead you. You can be the scientists and inventors of the future,” said Minister Andrews.

STEM in Schools is the CSIRO’s flagship event for National Science Week in 2018, for more information visit:

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and thousands of individuals get involved, taking part in more than 1000 science events across the nation.

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