Stu­dents to ac­cess new tech­nolo­gies

Pilbara News - - Education - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ Sev­eral Pil­bara high schools have re­ceived new science and tech­nol­ogy equip­ment cour­tesy of a part­ner­ship be­tween Orica, The Smith Fam­ily and the Science and Tech­nol­ogy Ed­u­ca­tion Lev­er­ag­ing Rel­e­vance Project.

Kar­ratha, Tom Price, St Luke’s, New­man and Port Hed­land Se­nior High School teach­ers at­tended a pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment course re­cently where they learnt how to use the equip­ment ef­fec­tively in the class­room.

Orica Min­ing Ser­vices Pil­bara chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Bern­hardt said the STELR pro­gram reached more than 35,000 stu­dents each year.

“As an or­gan­i­sa­tion that has tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion at its core, Orica is proud to sup­port STELR, which aims to en­gage stu­dents in science, tech­nol­ogy, math­e­mat­ics and engi­neer­ing,” he said.

“Thanks to the com­bined ef­forts of Orica, STELR and The Smith Fam­ily, we have been able to iden­tify the need for equip­ment and train­ing within schools in the Pil­bara re­gion, and ac­ti­vate this fan­tas­tic ven­ture.”

Aus­tralian Acad­emy of Tech­nol­ogy and Engi­neer­ing ed­u­ca­tion man­ager Peter Pent­land said STELR put a prac­ti­cal science-based curriculum into the class­room with the aim of en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to con­sider science-based ca­reers.

“We are proud to work with Orica and through The Smith Fam­ily’s lo­cal con­tacts to pro­vide a valu­able learn­ing op­por­tu­nity that is al­ready in more than 450 schools across the coun­try,” he said.

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