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Hundreds of STEM opportunities in the new school year

4 February 2016

Principals and teachers now have access to a list of over 250 STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths – programmes to benefit students across the country.

The 2016 STEM Programme Index details initiatives that support teachers and students to improve their skills through professional development, mentoring and curriculum resources.

Assistant Minister for Science Karen Andrews said ensuring students had comprehensive STEM skills was essential to Australia’s future economic and social wellbeing.

“Strong STEM skills across the community underpin an innovative future, and the development of these skills starts in schools,” Mrs Andrews said.

“With participation rates in year 11 and 12 science subjects at the lowest levels in 20 years, and surveys of primary school teachers showing many do not feel adequately prepared to teach science, technology and maths, it’s an ideal time to distribute this Index .

“Released by the Office of the Chief Scientist last month, the Index will help teachers develop their skills and bring new ideas into the classroom, inspiring students to pursue STEM subjects and careers in the new school year."

The Index was compiled by the Australian Industry Group with funding from the Office of the Chief Scientist and included consultation with teachers’ groups, state education departments and industry.

The initiative complements the National Innovation and Science Agenda’s commitment to shoring up the country’s future skills base through a $84 million investment in programmes to boost digital literacy and STEM skills amongst young Australians.

For details go to: http://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/2016/01/spi-2016-stem-programme-index-2016-2/

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