New pro­gram for Broome schools

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Jakeb Wad­dell

Broome stu­dents will be the first in re­gional WA to tackle real-world is­sues as part of a global ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram set to roll out later this year.

Shell has teamed up with Scitech to launch the NX­plor­ers pro­gram, which en­cour­ages stu­dents to use science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­i­cal think­ing to solve prob­lems.

The in­no­va­tive course was in­tro­duced in Perth, but Broome Se­nior High School and St Mary’s Col­lege will be the only re­gional schools to take part in the project in the State.

Year 9 stu­dents at the two schools will look at the con­nec­tion be­tween food, wa­ter and en­ergy in Broome and un­der­stand the chal­lenges in or­der to cre­ate solutions.

Scitech will visit the schools ini­tially, with teach­ers fa­cil­i­tat­ing the pro­gram as it rolls out.

It is un­der­stood Shell has se­lected Broome be­cause of its strong pres­ence in the tourist town.

Shell op­er­ates the Pre­lude FLNG Project in the Browse Basin, 425km north of Broome.

Scitech State di­rec­tor Nick Wood said the pro­gram could en­cour­age stu­dents to pur­sue a ca­reer in the ar­eas of science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics.

“Broome stu­dents will have the op­por­tu­nity to learn more about com­mu­nity is­sues and feel em­pow­ered to make changes for the bet­ter,” he said.

“They will de­velop com­plex and cre­ative prob­lem-solv­ing and in­ter-dis­ci­plinary think­ing skills, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, team­work and pre­sen­ta­tion skills.

“This will ben­e­fit the Broome com­mu­nity in cre­at­ing a more sus­tain­able fu­ture.”

Shell Aus­tralia coun­try chair­woman Zoe Yu­jnovich said the com­pany aimed to equip more young peo­ple with the knowl­edge, un­der­stand­ing and skills “re­quired to tackle to­mor­row’s en­ergy chal­lenges to­day”.

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

St Mary's Col­lege Broome science stu­dents Vin­cent Bartlett, 14, Grace Mon­aghan, 14, Dre Bed­ford, 14, and Por­tia Burke, 13, are among those who will take part in the new Scitech pro­gram.

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