26 September 2023

Schools urged to step up for STEM

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The Department of Education is encouraging the State’s schools to apply for the 2021 Governor’s School STEM Awards.

The awards highlight best practice teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) education.

Minister for Science, Roger Cook said the awards supported the Government’s STEM skills strategy, Future Jobs, Future Skills, which prioritised increasing student participation in STEM to prepare them for jobs in new and emerging industries.

“Since the start of the awards in 2015, outstanding STEM education programs from 25 schools have been awarded a total of $36,000 in prizes,” Mr Cook said.

“In 2020, Brookman Primary School became the first school to be inducted into the Governor’s School STEM Awards Hall of Fame, after winning the Leadership Excellence Award for the third year in a row.”

He said this year two awards would be presented in both the primary and secondary school categories: Leadership Excellence Award ($2,000 prize) and Meritorious Leadership Award ($1,000 prize).

“The Governor’s School STEM Awards are a chance to recognise and celebrate the best of STEM education in Western Australia,” the Minister said.

“Whether they are graduating in 2021 or in 10 years’ time, students need solid STEM skills to navigate the career paths of the future.”

Applications close on 26 July. Finalists are expected to be announced in September and the awards presented in November.

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