Students to access new technologies
■ 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.