Run in collaboration with the Australian Business Community Network (ABCN), the initiative was developed to get students excited about the possibilities of learning Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills by combining it with their hobbies and passions.
The participating students video conferenced into NBN Co headquarters in Sydney and presented their ideas during an online ‘Futurist’s Fair’ to a judging panel which included Kathrine Dyer, Chief Network Deployment Officer at NBN Co; Allegra Spender, Chief Executive Officer at ABCN; and Scott Gaunson and Brett Stanford from the YouTube channel How Ridiculous.
Kathrine Dyer, Chief Network Deployment Officer at NBN Co said: “I was excited to see what the students came up with today at the Futurists’ Fair and they should all be commended for their hard work on the initiative. The students are really in tune with the issues facing their communities and it’s great to see their passion in tackling them.”
The participating schools in the STEM+X initiative are:
· Para Hills Primary School, Adelaide, SA
· Canadian Lead Primary School, Ballarat, VIC
· Islington Public School, Newcastle, NSW
· Glenorchy Primary School, Hobart, TAS
· Leanyer Primary, Darwin, NT
· Invermay Primary School, Launceston, TAS
· Townsville Central State School, Townsville, QLD
· Beaconsfield Primary School, Perth, WA