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Build partnerships to grow STEM education and increase digital skills

Build partnerships between the education sector, digital innovators and industry to grow STEM education and increase digital skills.

Initiative

Build partnerships between the education sector, digital innovators and industry to grow STEM education and increase digital skills.

Overview

The Department of Education, with partner Charles Darwin University, will build Territory school students' STEM skills through engaging them in experiences akin to working in digital industry.

This will prepare young Territorians for the workforce of the future.

Benefits

Partnering with Charles Darwin University will deliver tangible learning opportunities and experiences to inspire students and encourage a focus on digital creation.

This partnership will highlight opportunities beyond schooling that are available through digital jobs.

2019 progress update

Schools across the Territory are reaching out to industry and higher education partners to provide real world learning opportunities for students. 12 schools have developed partnerships with industry and research professionals through the CSIRO STEM Professionals in Schools program.

Taminmin College and Engineers Australia have worked together to develop the sySTEMic project. Through this, students visited industry partner sites to take part in problem solving of real community issues. Working closely with industry mentors, students presented their solutions to the school, their parents and the community.

2020 progress update

The sySTEMic program, created in partnership between NT Department of Education and Engineers Australia won the Best STEM Program at the 2019 Australian Education Awards.

This program was extended beyond Taminmin School, and in 2019 started operating in four Alice Springs schools.

The pTECH program was delivered at Casuarina Senior College, delivered in partnership with maritime and defence industries.

Reaching beyond the Territory, scientists from NASA visited schools across Nhulunbuy, Darwin and Palmerston, meeting with over 1,050 students.

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