Inaugural Southern Inland STEM Awards allow regional schools to showcase their winning approach to learning

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  • Date
    14 October 2019
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    News

Southern Inland students and teachers have been handed a significant opportunity to showcase their excellence in STEM-based learning this week, having been invited to submit projects for consideration at the Inaugural Southern Inland SISP STEM Awards.

The Southern Inland region has been participating in the NSW Department of Education, STEM Industry in Schools Partnership (SISP) since 2018 and has thrived in the curriculum which encourages participation of regional students, including students in Crookwell and Goulburn schools, from Kindergarten to Year 12 in activities that sharpen skills in a broad range of STEM disciplines.

Industry Liaison Officer at Regional Development Australia Southern Inland (RDA Southern Inland), Camilla Staff, said the SISP program has empowered students and their teachers to develop a solution-focused approach to learning and to innovate through collaboration.

“The SISP curriculum gives educators and students in our public schools a unique platform for learning and the resolve to excel in a future-driven program,” Ms Staff said.

“Students and teachers are excited by the announcement of the Awards. The Awards will give all participants a chance to showcase their learning development and capabilities and to be acknowledged by their peers.”

Award entries will be accepted from projects in Science, Technology, Mathematics, Electronics, Robotics, Industrial and Engineering Technology, Mandatory Technology, Food and Textiles, Graphics, Information and Software Technology, and Marine and Aquaculture Sciences. There is also a category that rewards diversity and accessibility in STEM.

Gift vouchers valued at $150 and $50 will be awarded to the winning and runner up entries for each category. The prize for the Diversity in STEM Award will be valued at $1000 for the winning school.

Ms Staff said the submission process will further expose students and teachers to meaningful processes such as collaboration, preparation, problem-solving and creation in STEM-related projects.

“The SISP philosophy is about building skills for life-long learning,” Ms Staff said.

“Preparing an innovative project for submission to these important Awards not only sharpens the skills of developing a solution to a problem, it builds students’ creative and inquisitive mindsets which will serve them well beyond their school-based learning years.”

“We are all looking forward to supporting our students and teachers in their project development and to seeing the finished products for submission to the Awards,” Ms Staff said.

The SISP STEM awards are now open for entry at www.stemawards.com.au and close on the 27th November 2019. The Southern Inland 2019 awards ceremony will be held on the 4th December 2019 from 4.30pm at the Goulburn Workers Club.

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