Growing STEM capability in Kwinana-Rockingham
In October 2015, WesCEF embarked on a project to determine how the division could help promote the study of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects to school students, with the aim to progress the prosperity of Western Australia and positively impact gender equality by normalising STEM careers for women.
WesCEF has since started a program of activities aimed at growing the science and maths capability and confidence of 9-15 year olds in the Kwinana-Rockingham area, delivered in partnership with the Kwinana Industries Council (KIC).
The partnership aims to grow positive awareness of science and maths in primary and secondary school students and improve the connection between local industries and education providers, who both play a vital role in building the capacity of local students entering the workforce.
WesCEF will continue to work with the KIC, as well as diversify its partnerships to include Murdoch and Edith Cowan universities. Other opportunities and initiatives include sponsorship of high school/industry collaboration programs, sponsorship of primary school competitions, facilitating students’ exposure to university campus environments, provision of industry site tours and participation in after school learning clubs and coding clubs.