Studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects at school will be crucial to finding solutions to some of our greatest challenges such as climate change.
Member for Shortland and Shadow Minister Assisting for Climate Change Pat Conroy will take part in the CSIRO Stem in Schools program this week, visiting Charlestown East Public School on Wednesday.
He will be joined by STEM professional Adrian Dawson, who works as an engineer in solar thermal research at CSIRO.
“It’s hoped that by talking to STEM professionals and community leaders, students will be inspired to further engage with STEM subjects at school,” Mr Conroy said.
Kindergarten students, with the help of their Year 6 peers, will take part in STEM activities in the classroom and make a podcast about the visit.
“Climate change is one of the biggest challenges our world faces, and it could be that one of these young Charlestown East students will make a discovery in the future that helps our community reduce carbon emissions or adapt to the changing climate,” Mr Conroy said.
“Young people truly understand how important combatting climate change is – they raise it with me wherever I go – and I welcome the chance to join this STEM activity.”
STEM in Schools is being facilitated by CSIRO and aims to make STEM careers more visible and relatable by inviting STEM professionals into the classroom to share their work and their stories with students.