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STEMSmart launches STEM unitED school program

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STEM UnitED program launched to get WA school students job ready

STEMSmart, previously Fire Tech Australia, will introduce thousands of Western Australian Year 9 students to the world of robotics and drones, with the launch of STEM united, a school program aimed at promoting careers in STEM.

The program, set to reach up to 6000 students this year, aims to promote the use of digital technology and develop the skills required by emerging STEM jobs.

Need to focus on STEM careers

STEMSmart  Managing Director, Andrea Conte, says there is a need to educate students on the importance of a career in STEM, especially with the steady decline of students joining and graduating from STEM related disciplines.

“We see an opportunity to encourage future generations understand why STEM is crucial to their future. According to a recent Foundation for Young Australians report, 75% of all future work roles will require STEM skills. Connecting students to these career opportunities is very important.”

Students will to the use of robotics and drones, STEMSmart’s new program will aim bridge the gap between their interest in STEM+ and its real-world applications.

“With industries increasingly adopting robotics and drone technology, it is vital that the workforce of the future is well versed in these technical skills and where they can be applied.”

The program has been created in collaboration between RUC, WA Mining Club and Platform Communications.

“Support from the funding partners RUC, WA Mining Club and Platform Communications allows STEMSmart to offer free STEM sessions to low and mid socio-economic status schools,” said Conte.

“We will facilitate two classes of Year 9 students per school, up to a maximum of 50 schools for the 2019 school year, with two sessions taught in the year,” explains Mr Conte. “We aim to reach 3000 to 6000 students this year, and 20000 by the end of 2020.”

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Media contact:
Kirsty Danby
Platform Communications
0413 401 323

kirsty@platformcommunications.com.au

Boost digital literacy in the classroom

Digital literacy means having the skills you need to live, learn and work in a society where communication and access to information is increasingly through internet platforms, social media and mobile devices.

For many teachers and students, it is a minefield – which is why Perth-based education provider STEMSmart, previously Fire Tech Australia, is helping teachers navigate the largely unchartered terrain through a number of programs aimed to improve student digital literacy while upskilling teachers in the latest technology.

The company’s multi-faceted approach includes school incursions, co-curricular activities, after-school clubs and professional learning opportunities.

WA students still have a “long way to go’’ when it comes to digital literacy. In WA, only 54 per cent of Year 6s achieved a “proficient” benchmark last year which, despite being one per cent above the national average, was a five per cent fall on the state’s results in 2011.

The fifth cycle of the National Assessment program – Information Communication Technology Literacy released by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority in December 2018 – identified “an opportunity in Australia for student ICT literacy to improve”.

STEMSmart managing director Andrea Conte says the organisation teaches people of all ages how to become confident digital citizens, having run courses in more than 100 schools since it launched in 2016.

He says teachers who have engaged STEMSmart in the classroom and for their own digital education have reported greater confidence in delivering Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Arts programs – and desire to learn more.

“Our aim is to cultivate a stimulating environment for challenging design thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration skills – while having a whole lot of fun along the way,’’ Mr Conte said.

School Incursions

STEMSmart is the leading STEM+ education provider, delivering courses to more than 2500 students and teachers in schools across metropolitan and regional WA, run by tutors fully background checked with current WWC and NPC checks.

Professional Learning
PLs focus on improving STEM+ knowledge and practice in coding, robotics and DT curriculum implementation.

After School Clubs
STEMSmart After-School STEM+ extension clubs have a ratio of eight students per tutor in all sessions to ensure all children receive the support they need to excel.

Drop us a line to find out more or call 1300 347 383.