Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Minister for Culture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; International Education; Heritage

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Minister for Water; Forestry; Youth

    ‘Nugget’ flies high over Goldfields to foster STEM learning in regions

    4/06/2018 8:00 AM
    • Museum of the Goldfields to launch teddy bear 'Nugget' into stratosphere
    • Experiment a part of WA Day activities, promoting STEM learning in regions
    • Images and data collected will inspire people to explore more of WA 

    The Museum of the Goldfields is set to launch a teddy bear called Nugget, 37 kilometres into the Earth's stratosphere as part of today's WA Day celebrations (June 4).


    Equipped with a camera and GPS, weather permitting, Nugget will make the ascent aboard a high-altitude balloon. The video camera's pictures are expected to capture an eye-catching view of an exceptional part of Western Australia - the Goldfields.


    The aim of Nugget's sky-high mission is to inspire people to explore their world, promote STEM learning in regional communities, and advance our knowledge of the Goldfields.


    The data and footage collected by Nugget will form the basis of future educational programs and resources at the Western Australian Museum.


    The McGowan Government is committed to promoting and enhancing STEM education in Western Australia through a range of initiatives. These include $17 million for science programs in up to 200 public primary schools including resources to create science labs, and making coding part of the school curriculum.


    Earlier this month, the McGowan Government also announced more than $3.3 million in new funding to kick-start WA's STEM skills strategy and drive WA's future jobs.


    Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:


    "Nugget will capture the attention of people of all ages, and the data and footage collected will form the basis of educational programs and resources.


    "Nugget might be a toy bear but this event has a serious purpose, and will take our understanding of the Goldfields to new heights.


    "The pictures collected by Nugget will offer us a new and unique view of the Goldfields. This experiment supports the Western Australian Museum's role to inspire people to explore the world around them, and share our identity, culture and sense of place."


    Comments attributed to Science Minister Dave Kelly:


    "Inspiring and engaging a broader demographic of the community to take an interest in STEM is one of the goals of the McGowan Government's STEM skills strategy.


    "Nugget's launch into the stratosphere will support programs that inspire Goldfields students to take an interest in STEM."


    Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn:


    "The Museum of the Goldfields always put on an amazing event for WA Day, and I am very excited to be part of the celebrations again this year.


    "It's great to see the local museum team continue to be open to innovative and creative ideas to engage and educate Goldfielders of all ages.


    "I look forward to celebrating WA Day in Kalgoorlie, and urge everyone to come along to be part of the festivities."


    Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400

    Science Minister's office - 6552 6100