STEM grant op­por­tu­ni­ties

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment is in­tro­duc­ing a new grant sys­tem which aims to give Du­rack stu­dents more op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn and com­pete in the field of sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths (STEM).

Mem­ber for Du­rack Melissa Price said the grants would al­low stu­dents to travel to, and take part in, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions and fo­rums, in­clud­ing the Na­tional Youth Sci­ence Fo­rum and the Asian Physics Olym­paid.

“The grants will en­able some of the best stu­dents in Du­rack to test them­selves against their coun­ter­parts from across the coun­try and around the world, en­abling them to build their knowl­edge, skills and net­works,” she said.

Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, In­no­va­tion and Sci­ence Greg Hunt said more than 75 per cent of fu­ture jobs will re­quire skills in STEM mak­ing them es­sen­tial to Aus­tralia’s eco­nomic fu­ture.

Funds from the grant sys­tem will be al­lo­cated to the Aus­tralian Sci­ence In­no­va­tions, the Aus­tralian Math­e­mat­ics Trust, the Na­tional Youth Sci­ence Fo­rum as well as the 2019 Asian Physics Olym­paid, which is be­ing hosted by Aus­tralia for the first time.

The grants are open for ap­pli­ca­tion now and are avail­able un­til the an­nual al­lo­ca­tion is used up.

For more in­for­ma­tion head to busi­ness.gov.au/sg­seic.

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