Yanchep and Gingin schools can apply for STEM Awards

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Applications for the 2017 Governor's School STEM Awards are open until August 22.

THE 2017 Governor’s School STEM Awards are open to all primary and secondary schools including those in Yanchep and Gingin.

Science Minister Dave Kelly and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the awards, now in their third consecutive year, encouraged best practice in STEM education in WA schools by recognising school principals and leadership teams for their support and leadership in developing their schools’ STEM education programs during 2017.

Mr Kelly and Ms Ellery said in a world in which 75 per cent of fast-growing occupations required STEM skills, the awards aimed to enhance student interest and achievement in STEM learning from a young age by encouraging schools as early facilitators of STEM education.

Mr Kelly said the Governor’s ambassadorship recognized the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to Western Australia.

“The Governor’s School STEM Awards help to inspire students across our state to pursue studies, and ultimately careers, in STEM-related fields,’’ he said.

Ms Ellery said STEM education disciplines would be the future drivers of innovation as the economy was reshaped and diversified.

“If WA is to become a smarter, more innovative State then we must prepare students for jobs beyond the resources boom,’’ she said.

“We need to prepare WA for a STEM intensive future.”

Western Australian Governor of Kerry Sanderson said the future prosperity of Western Australia would increasingly be reliant on an innovative workforce skilled in science and technology.

“Problem-solving, creativity and critical thinking skills, such as those taught and used in STEM education, are critical for our future workforce,’’ she said.

Prizes for primary and secondary schools include a $2000 Leadership Excellence Award (winner), a $1000 Meritorious Leadership Award (runner-up), an invitation for some staff and students to visit Government House including a house tour and refreshments and a Scitech visit for up to 90 students.

For more information and application instructions visit http://www.dpc.wa.gov.au/STEMAwards