Council and CSIRO launch school STEM program

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Blue Mountains City Council is teaming with Australiaʼs national science agency, CSIRO to launch the STEM Community Partnerships Program (STEM CPP) in 2022 in the Blue Mountains region.

As part of CSIROʼs Generation STEM 10-year initiative to attract, support, train and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, STEM CPP is aimed at promoting the learning of STEM subjects in schools.

Mayor Cr Mark Greenhill said: “Itʼs important that our local students stay up-to-date with the fast-paced growth of STEM subjects, for their own careers and to make a difference in our community. So Iʼm delighted that weʼve teamed up with CSIRO to support our local schools with this groundbreaking initiative.

“The program aims to create strong partnerships between local schools and industry to provide opportunities for students to develop their STEM skills in a meaningful and engaging way. To do this Council is working in collaboration with local industry partners to give Year 9 and 10 students the chance to address real-world STEM challenges.”

Local students are invited to participate in the program at no cost, with teachers paired with a local STEM professional to mentor them through the projects. The students will participate in site visits, masterclasses, work experience and local STEM careers events.

The STEM CPP has a number of benefits for schools, students and staff:

  • Higher levels of youth engagement in solving community challenges.
  • Positive STEM-based activities for students, which may increase transferable skills and encourage interest in continuing STEM subjects and careers.
  • Enhanced connections between local schools, industry and Council.
  • Heightened awareness of local STEM career pathways and opportunities.
  • Increased staff skills and knowledge through exposure to contemporary STEM practices.

School representatives are being invited to find out more.

For further information about the program, visit https://www.csiro.au/en/education/programs/generation-stem/about

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