Support renewed for Pilbara STEM education programs

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Wickham Primary School students William Kinninmont, 9, and Katelyn Cox, 10, working on Scitech robotics programs projects with coordinator Belinda Gerard.
Camera IconWickham Primary School students William Kinninmont, 9, and Katelyn Cox, 10, working on Scitech robotics programs projects with coordinator Belinda Gerard. Credit: Scitech

The continued support of vital science, technology, maths and engineering programs across the Pilbara have been guaranteed through 2019 and beyond.

Last week Scitech announced the renewal of partnerships with STEM-focused industry leaders Chevron Australia and Mitsui Iron Ore Development.

Scitech chief executive Deb Hancock said they would not be able to achieve their mission of increasing awareness and participation in STEM without their valued partners.

“Together, we are able to deliver engaging and inspiring STEM-skills development programs with a reach that diminishes barriers of geography, gender, socio-economics and age,” she said.

“We target primary and secondary students, teachers and parents to the farthest regional and remote communities of Western Australia.”

Since 2013, Chevron and Scitech have delivered the Teacher Support Program in the West Pilbara and an ongoing dedicated STEM program for Onslow Primary School.

Mitsui has engaged select primary schools in their Intensive Robotics Program since 2014 and will pick a different focus school in 2019 while still providing continued support to past students.

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