Rockingham, Kwinana and Cockburn Bright Sparx to continue building knowledge in Stem subjects


Recent Bright Sparx student Courtney Abernathy tries out her skills at facial reconstruction.
Recent Bright Sparx student Courtney Abernathy tries out her skills at facial reconstruction.

THE Stem program for Year 8 students is in its second year running with intent to increase student participation in science, technology and math subjects.

Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers, Kwinana Industries Council and Murdoch University have collaborated to build awareness and confidence in Stem subjects to participants involved in the Bright Sparx after-school club.

More than 80 students from schools in Rockingham, Kwinana and Cockburn have participated in Stem activities such as forensic science, field ecology, coding and robotics.

WesCEF chief executive officer Ian Hansen said that building Stem capability was important for the future growth of industry.

“The demand for employees with Stem-related skills has become increasingly important as emerging markets, globalisation and technological acceleration is transforming the way we do business,” he said.

KIC council director Chris Oughton said the program was a great example of successful industry and university collaboration.

Recent participant Courtney Abernathy said she found the club very enlightening.

“I learnt so much and it was a great opportunity to meet new people and experience new things,” she said.

The program will continue in 2018.

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