National Science Week kicks off – STEM fire lit in the early years is key, Govt says

by Freya Lucas

August 12

More than 1,900 events have been registered across Australia for this week’s celebration of all things science and technology during National Science Week.

 

Held from 10-18 August, National Science Week is an annual opportunity for Australian’s of all ages to meet scientists, discuss hot topics, do an experiment and celebrate the social and economic impact of science on our nation.

 

Key to the future of Australia’s science success, Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said, was engaging the next generation. 

 

“Sparking children’s interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects from an early age is at the forefront of the Federal Government’s support for science,” she said. 

 

Providing a platform to showcase and recognise the importance of science, research and innovation, National Science Week also gives children the opportunity to explore STEM in a fun, accessible way. 

 

“We know that many of the jobs of the future, will require STEM skills and it’s crucial that students are studying it through primary and high school,” Ms Andrew’s said. 

 

“STEM skills can be the launch-pad of many careers and we want to inspire all students to take up and stick with STEM subjects.”

 

Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Government’s ongoing investment and focus on STEM education, starting with Early Learning STEM Australia in preschools, is designed to ensure all students have access to the building blocks of learning that maths and science gives them.

 

National Science Week events are being held in museums, libraries, galleries, research institutions, schools, universities, parks and even shopping centres. 

 

NASA scientists and Nobel Laureates are appearing at events around the country, while science festivals, music and comedy shows, interactive displays, open days and online activities are also on the schedule.

 

More information is available at www.scienceweek.net.au.

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