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The power of seeing STEM outside the classroom

Year 9 and 10 students from 51 high schools across Western Sydney and the Central Coast presented the solutions of their inquiry-based research projects at the STEM Community Partnerships Program (STEM CPP) end-of-year showcases.

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[Music plays and a split circle appears and photos of different CSIRO activities flash through in either side of the circle and then the circle morphs into the CSIRO logo]

[Image changes to show Ruth Carr talking to the camera, and then the image changes to show students at work in a classroom, and text appears: Ruth Carr, CSIRO Director of Education and Outreach]

Ruth Carr: The future is about nurturing the next generation of problem solvers and innovators and that’s what Generation STEM is all about.

[Images move through of students and a mentor in conversation around a computer in a library, students working with a robotic vehicle, and students working with a 3D printer]

Programmes like STEM Community Partnerships Programme enables students to see industry and STEM in real life and that’s what makes it real and makes it exciting.

[Images flash through of various views of students at the End of Year Showcase event, students displaying their models, and talking to visitors, and talking together]

Tania Sarafian: The End of Year Showcase is a fantastic opportunity for the students to share what they’ve learnt through the STEM Community Partnerships Programme.

[Image changes to show Tania Sarafian talking to the camera, and text appears: Tania Sarafian, CSIRO Programme Delivery Manager]

It’s an opportunity for celebration.

[Images move through of students displaying their projects, a close view of some of the projects, a team standing behind their project, and a view of projects on the tables]

It’s an opportunity to show what they’ve been working on throughout the year and how they’ve been able to develop solutions as teams and being future focussed.

[Image changes to show Stephanie talking to the camera, and then the image changes to show projects on the tables again, and text appears: Stephanie, All Saints Catholic College]

Stephanie: The End of Year Showcase has been really exciting. You can definitely see how hard everybody’s worked.

[Image changes to show Amira talking to the camera, and then images move through of Amira explaining her project which is displayed on a computer screen, and text appears: Amira, East Hills Girls Technology High School]

Amira: I feel that like really helped me build my skills in like analytical thinking, creative thinking, and like it really helped me improve my relationship with my teammates and my creativity skills.

[Image changes to show Tanjee talking to the camera, and text appears: Tanjee, East Hills Girls Technology High School]

Tanjee: STEM is very important to me because it allows my creativity and imagination to expand.

[Images move through to show a student placing an item into a BB-Bot model on a table, the team standing behind the project, and a close view of the BB-Bot in operation]
It gives me so many more insights into the future.

[Image changes to show Craig Apted talking to the camera, and text appears: Craig Apted, La Salle Catholic College Bankstown, Science Teacher]

Craig Apted: The Showcase has really, really topped off the year.

[Images flash through of students displaying a hybrid bus project model, the hybrid bus on a computer screen, and students looking at projects at the event]

They’ve been so proud and they really get to show all their efforts, what they’ve done, and what they’ve collaborated on.

[Image changes to show David Wright talking to the camera, and text appears: David Wright, Managing Director, Aqua Ventures]

David Wright: STEM is about the people of tomorrow.

[Images move through of a model bus moving around a model airport, views of a female in conversation with a group of students, and then two students at work in a classroom]

So, it’s about those people today who’ve got to be able to get skills to do the things that are really going to matter in the future, to solve problems that they don’t know about today. Today they’re learning and one way of learning is to get exposed to STEM.

[Images move through of a 3D printer in operation, two students working with the printer, and a rear view, facing and then side view of a student walking along a verandah at the school]

Craig Apted: It’s been an amazing year with the STEM Community Partnerships Programme. The students get to look at problematic knowledge, they look at local problems, and develop local solutions.

[Images move through of students working, and then the image changes to show Craig talking to the camera]

It’s opened their eyes really to opportunities. And to see what the opportunities are is what drives students and motivates them in their selection of different subjects and career choices.

[Music plays, and the image changes to show the SIEF and NSW Government logos, and text appears: Generation STEM is managed by CSIRO and made possible through the NSW Government’s $25 million endowment to the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF)]

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[Image changes to show the CSIRO logo on a white screen, and text appears: CSIRO, Australia’s National Science Agency]

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