Local Federal MP Jason Clare visited Bankstown Public School today and joined students in a STEM in Schools event to celebrate National Science Week.
Mr Clare joined Dr Merched Azzi from the CSIRO and students from Years 4 and 6 in the hands on activities.
STEM in Schools, run by the CSIRO, saw students participate in a virtual classroom discussion with scientists working in the international space industry, and undertaking hands on classroom activities.
The initiative is designed to inspire students about the possibilities of pursuing a future STEM career and to increase interest and engagement in STEM subjects at school.
“75 per cent of the fastest growing jobs in Australia right now are jobs that require Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills and knowledge. The bad news is that the number of students studying STEM subjects has gone down in the last decade, we need to turn that around,” Mr Clare said.
“It is now more important than ever to engage students about the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths.”
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