Boosting real world STEM opportunities for Western Sydney Students

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

High school students in the Western Sydney LGAs of Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith, Wollondilly, Cumberland, The Hills, Parramatta and Blacktown  will be invited to get hands-on opportunities to develop skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as part of the Morrison Government's Maker Projects program.

The not-for-profit Western Sydney Business Connection has received $97,000 under the program to deliver the Western Sydney STEM Careers Interactive Series project, an interactive CISRO program that will see students create replicate astrophysics equipment and develop coding for 3D modelling. Virtual Expos will take place in Term 2 2021 and Term 1 2022 respectivley. 

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, sad the project

is an excellent opportunity for young Australians to expand their knowledge and spark their curiosity about STEM fields and careers.

"STEM skills are the future - they're the passport to the jobs of the future in advanced manufacturing, defense, health and medical science and agri-business, that are being developed in Western Sydney, for Western Sydney," Senator Payne said.

"This unique program will bring the opportunities associated with the Western International Airport and the Aerotropolis into the classroom, ensuring students familiarise themselves through practical workshops."

Amanda Brisot, General Manager of the Western Sydney Business Centre said their Maker Project would help equip students with essential skills.

"We're very excited to be delivering this educational program in schools across Western Sydney because we know that our region will be 'ground zero' for STEM-related careers," Ms Brisot said.

"The generous support of the government will mean we are able to invite over 300 Western Sydney schools to participate in the program which is being supported by CSIRO."

The Maker Projects grants are part of the Inspiring Australia - Science Engagement Program and support STEM-related organisations and businesses to partner with other businesses, experts, schools and community organisations to deliver STEM initiatives.

Twenty-one projects across Australia were successfully funded in the 2020 grants round.