Engineering children towards new technologies

Engaging school children in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will start early at the University of Melbourne with over 300 primary school students visiting the Melbourne School of Engineering over two days.

As science, maths and digital technology in schools start to become a national priority, the University will show students examples of everyday engineering that will lead to increased engagement in STEM.

Director, Engineering Learning Unit at the Melbourne School of Engineering Professor David Shallcross said STEM is a vital part of the education of every child and one that is critically important for the nation.

“We know that teachers are approaching STEM much more seriously in the classroom to give students the best possible start in life. This is a major step in the right direction. Without an emphasis on STEM, Australia risks being left behind in a changing world marked by rapid innovation and technological change,” he said.

“As a nation, we need to be strategic and equip our students with the ability to think critically, to work collaboratively, to problem solve and to build the capacity to make judgments based on evidence,” Professor Shallcross said.

Tracy Hammill, Principal, Yarra Primary School is pleased to be involved in a project that connects her students with real engineers.

“Our students are looking forward to having hands-on explorations around design and construction. My staff and I are eager to enhance our own understandings about STEM subjects and ways to make them live in their classrooms,” she said.

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