- Applications for the 2018 Governor's School STEM Awards now open
- The awards recognise schools that demonstrate excellence in leadership, teaching, collaboration and student engagement in STEM education
- McGowan Government investing in STEM education to skill WA kids for the jobs of the future
The search is on for Western Australia's leading STEM education schools, with applications opening today (June 25) for the 2018 Governor's School STEM Awards.
The awards, now in their fourth year, aim to raise awareness of the importance of STEM education among school leadership, and incentivise schools to support their teachers in undertaking STEM initiatives.
This year, the State Government is working closely with Scitech and a committee of representatives from the education community to deliver the awards.
The prizes awarded in both primary and secondary school categories include:
- $2,000 for the Leadership Excellence Award (winner);
- $1,000 for the Meritorious Leadership Awards (runner-up);
- An invitation for staff and students to visit Government House; and
- A Scitech visit for up to 90 students.
The winning schools will be selected by expert judging panels and announced at a presentation ceremony at Government House in November 2018.
Applications close on August 20, 2018. For more information, visit http://www.scitech.org.au
Comments attributed to Science and Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly:
"The world is changing fast and many of the jobs that exist now, and are likely to exist in the future, were not around five or 10 years ago.
"We need to ensure all students have STEM skills for the jobs of the future, and reskill the current workforce with the STEM skills to embrace technological change.
"The Governor's School STEM Awards aim to inspire students across Western Australia to pursue studies, and ultimately careers, in STEM-related fields.
"I thank Scitech and the committee for their valued contribution in delivering the awards across all school sectors."
Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"Building our STEM capacity is in the long-term interest of Western Australian students, our current workforce and employers - an investment in STEM is an investment in the jobs of the future.
"Employers are looking for people with skills that STEM subjects help develop - teamwork, problem solving, creativity, independent thinking, critical analysis, initiative and communication - and these skills are transferable across careers."
Comments attributed to the Hon. Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia:
"I am honoured to support the 2018 Governor's School STEM Awards and continue the legacy of the previous governor as patron of the awards and host of the awards ceremony in November.
"We need to ensure all Western Australians have access to STEM opportunities, especially our students. In the midst of a global digital revolution, productivity and success in STEM-related fields is crucial for our State.
"These awards play an important part in encouraging students to study STEM subjects at both primary and secondary levels."
Science and Innovation and ICT Minister's office - 6552 6100
Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700