- Applications for the 2017 Governor's School STEM Awards open from today until August 22, 2017
- The awards, open to all primary and secondary schools in Western Australia, recognise excellence in STEM education
Science Minister Dave Kelly and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today commended Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia, on the launch of the 2017 Governor's School STEM Awards.
The awards, now in their third consecutive year, encourage best practice in STEM education in WA schools by recognising school principals and leadership teams for their support and leadership in developing their schools' STEM education programs during 2017.
In a world in which 75 per cent of fast-growing occupations require STEM skills, the awards aim to enhance student interest and achievement in STEM learning from a young age by encouraging schools as early facilitators of STEM education.
Prizes for primary and secondary schools include:
- $2,000 Leadership Excellence Award (winner)
- $1,000 Meritorious Leadership Award (runner-up)
- an invitation for a number of staff and students to visit Government House including a house tour and refreshments
- a Scitech visit for up to 90 students.
For more information and application instructions, visit http://www.dpc.wa.gov.au/STEMAwards
Comments attributed to Science Minister Dave Kelly:
"The Governor's ambassadorship recognises the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to Western Australia.
"The Governor's School STEM Awards help to inspire students across our State to pursue studies, and ultimately careers, in STEM-related fields."
Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"STEM education disciplines will be the future drivers of innovation as we reshape and diversify our economy.
"If WA is to become a smarter, more innovative State then we must prepare students for jobs beyond the resources boom. We need to prepare WA for a STEM intensive future."
Comments attributed to the Governor of Western Australia Kerry Sanderson AC:
"The future prosperity of Western Australia will increasingly be reliant on an innovative workforce skilled in science and technology.
"Problem-solving, creativity and critical thinking skills, such as those taught and used in STEM education, are critical for our future workforce."
Science Minister's office - 6552 6100
Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700