STEM Careers Laid Out For Students

Students Across Australia Learn About STEM Careers

Students in schools across Australia today learnt more about the types of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers in
their own community.

Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan joined Department of Primary Industries representative Melinda Coleman at Bishop Druitt College in North Boambee to talk about STEM opportunities with Year 10 students.

“Students interested in STEM subjects have a broad range of potential career paths ahead of them,” Mr Conaghan said.

“STEM skills are being used to solve global challenges and new research frontiers are being frequently discovered with new technologies.”

“CSIRO organised this national STEM in Schools event to connect STEM professionals like Dr Coleman and policy makers like myself with
students.”

“It was great to be able to outline some of the major training and research investments our Government is making, such as the $12 million locally we have spent on the new Health Sciences Building at Southern Cross University in Coffs, to partner to create more STEM-related study options
for residents.”

Dr Coleman of the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries outlined her role at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour. Her research interests included experimental marine ecology, connectivity and population genetics and seaweed ecology and conservation.

“Some of the projects I am working on presently include understanding population connectivity for marine management and restoration of
underwater forests,” she said.

“Seaweed forests are hugely important as they underpin biodiversity in Australia and support marine animals. Plus seaweed underpins a lot of our important economic industries like lobster and abalone fisheries, so it is important we learn how to best protect our underwater forests. ”

STEM in Schools was facilitated by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, and aimed to make STEM careers more visible and relatable for
students. Some of the questions students asked Mr Conaghan and Dr Coleman were about renewable energy, uranium mining and the ethics of using genetically modified organisms in science.