STEM helping empower young minds

Just in time for the return of students, the Southern Support School in Howrah received a comprehensive Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning kit from the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE).

Southern Support School principal Simon Ellaby said the school was always looking for ways to expand its teaching and the STEM kit would provide extra opportunities to extend students’ knowledge in scientific fields.

“These new kits, generously donated by ATSE, will provide us with more engaging ways to explore scientific principles,” he said.

“More than 90 per cent of our students are non-verbal so having this scientific stimulus available to us will provide some rich opportunities to communicate with them in unique ways.”

ATSE chief executive officer Kylie Walker said STEM kits would empower the next generation with the skills and capabilities to be a part of Australia’s green energy future.

“ATSE is committed to ensuring proper equity and access to all in the education sector,” she said.

“Not only are we interested in supporting the future workforce in meeting the challenges of the next few decades but also ensuring we have an informed and educated society.

“STEM support is not only vital to ensuring every student has a fair chance to explore scientific subjects, but it also empowers educators to provide the best possible tools and knowledge to the next generation.”

The kits provided to the school are focused on renewable energy with a model wind turbine and solar car.

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