A national event bringing together STEM professionals, parliamentarians and schools to celebrate STEM careers.

To celebrate STEM careers, we're hosting our special STEM in Schools event at 11.30am to 12:30pm wherever you are on Wednesday 30 October 2019. This year, the STEM in Schools event will highlight Australia's global challenges — think everything from our ageing population to AI and climate change — and the STEM professionals and careers using innovative science and technology to solve them. The event is aimed at upper primary and lower secondary school students.

The event will kick off nationally with a special broadcast at 11:30am and registered schools have the opportunity to be partnered with a STEM professional and/or local Federal parliamentarian who will visit their school on the day.

To register your school's interest in participating in the STEM in Schools event, please complete the online form . More information will be sent to you to help you plan for the event once you have registered.

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[Music plays and an image appears of Karen looking upwards and then the image changes to show Karen talking to the camera and text appears: Karen Lee-Waddell, Astrophysicist, working with world-leading telescope ASKAP]

Karen Lee-Waddell: Our understanding of the universe is constantly changing. The more that we see, the more we’re starting to understand and know but then we realise the more we don’t actually know and understand.

[Image changes to show a CSIRO telescope and then the camera pans out to show Karen looking at the sky through the telescope and then the image changes to show Karen talking to the camera]

And so, as we discover all these new things it just asks a lot more questions. So, for every question we’re trying to answer we end up asking a thousand more questions.

[Image changes to show a side view of Karen looking through a telescope]

What is out there? Where do we come from? Where are we going? Why are we here?

[Images move through to show a CSIRO ute driving past the ASKAP Array, the rotating satellite dishes and a view looking down on the satellite dishes]  

With ASKAP we’re hoping to understand how the universe works. We’re actually trying to understand how galaxies form, how they evolved, how everything is changing over time.

[Image changes to show Karen talking to the camera]

It’s exciting. What I do is actually really exciting.

[Images move through to show a rear view of Karen at her computer, graphs on Karen’s computer display, a side view of Karen and then Karen talking to the camera]

I get to use a brand-new telescope and I get to go out there and I see what no one else has seen before. That’s the amazing part.

[Images move through to show a rear and facing view of Karen walking down a corridor, Karen looking through a telescope and a satellite dish]

So, I never really had a favourite subject in school. I actually loved all of school. I loved learning. I loved discovering and understanding things.

[Image changes to show a side view of Karen looking at the sky through a telescope]

I didn’t want to just focus on one discipline. I wanted to do everything, and STEM helped me do everything.

[Images move through to show rear view of Karen looking at a satellite, Karen looking at the night sky and Karen talking to the camera]

STEM doesn’t need to just be a single career choice. It leads to all career choices. With a STEM career you can discover anything. You can do anything with STEM.

[Music plays and the CSIRO logo and text appears: Where could a STEM career take you? #STEMinSchools]

[Text changes to read: Australia’s innovation catalyst]

Meet Karen Lee Waddell :  Karen works in astronomy, and has even discovered her own galaxy!

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