Pilbara schools up for STEM education awards
Two Pilbara primary schools have been recognised for inspiring students to pursue an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Baynton West Primary School and Pannawonica Primary School were named as finalists in the Governor’s School STEM Awards late last month.
The awards recognise schools which have integrated a whole-of-school STEM culture across the curriculum, providing students with opportunities to engage with technology and develop a range of problem-solving and analytical skills.
Science Minister Dave Kelly said the awards saluted schools taking an innovative approach to STEM disciplines.
“It’s fantastic to see regional schools announced as finalists for delivering quality STEM education,” he said. “We’re aiming to increase participation in STEM by funding programs that break down barriers to those under-represented in the sector, including women, Aboriginal people and people in regional areas.”
Baynton West deputy principal Toni Whitbread said they don’t rely on a “specialist” STEM teacher, instead the teaching of STEM happens in classrooms on a daily basis.
“A priority for our team when planning, is to work with community to give our STEM programs a Pilbara perspective and we use local links to connect the learning to our students’ context here in the Pilbara,” she said.
“Local industry has a vested interest in working alongside the students at our school as one day our kids will be problem-solving issues that don’t exist in their present workplaces.”
Judges will visit finalists after the holidays to decide which schools will take out top honours. The winners will be announced in a ceremony at Government House in November.
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