More than 350 Australian schools are today welcoming Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) professionals into their classrooms – virtually and physically – to promote the importance of STEM to Australia’s future.

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The STEM in Schools event, run by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, forms part of National Science Week and will see classrooms across the country come alive with science as students participate in a virtual classroom discussion with STEM professionals working in the international space industry.

Many also have the opportunity to take part in hands-on science activities with CSIRO scientists.

More than 30 Federal MPs will also head back to school for the day and join students in the activities, underlining the national importance of STEM for Australia's future.

With research indicating that 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations now require STEM skills and knowledge, it is now more important than ever to engage students in science, technology, engineering and maths.

CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said the event was about inspiring a curiosity and passion in science that will encourage more students to pursue STEM as a foundation of their future.

“For Australia to prosper, we need to empower our students to calmly and confidently stare into the face of Australia’s challenges, knowing that science has the power to solve the impossible and turn challenge into opportunity," Dr Marshall said.

"STEM in Schools teaches our children how they can reshape the future, inspiring them with the possibilities of science. These students will go on to become our scientists, engineers, business leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow."

STEM in Schools events are taking place in over 350 schools around Australia, with over 70 CSIRO staff and 30 members of parliament visiting schools across the country to conduct activities and share their passion for STEM.

Follow the conversation and see all the action from the events across the country with #STEMinSchools on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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  • Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO sitting at a table talking to Gundaroo primary students about science during our STEM in Schools event.

    Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO talks to Gundaroo primary students about all things science during our STEM in Schools event.

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  • Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO standing in front of a class of students from  Gundaroo primary school talking science during our STEM in Schools event.

    Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO talks to Gundaroo primary students about all things science during our STEM in Schools event.

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  • Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham working with East Adelaide Primary School students as part of STEM in Schools.

    Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham working with East Adelaide Primary School students as part of STEM in Schools.

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