STEM inspires our future leaders

YEAR six students at Bowen Road Primary School have gained valuable STEM and entrepreneurial skills they will need for the future workplace through the nbn ‘STEMpreneur’ initiative.

Delivered in partnership with the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN), the program kicked off at Bowen Road Primary School with a workshop and briefing for students.

Students were mentored on the importance of STEM in preparing for jobs in the future, and were tasked with applying the skills they learnt to develop a new idea for a social enterprise that would benefit the local community

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and is becoming an increasingly important

NBN Co chief network deployment officer Kathrine Dyer said the STEMpreneur initiative was a great way for students to get involved in STEM related subjects at school.

“It’s a great focus this year, it’s combining STEM subjects with entrepreneurial skills like communication, interpersonal skills and problem solving – it’s a really interesting way to look at it,” she said.

“Digital infrastructure is becoming more critical to both our learning and career opportunities for Australians.

“According to data from AlphaBeta research commissioned by NBN Co, in 2030 70 per cent of all jobs will rely on STEM subjects and the capabilities that entrepreneurial skills bring to the market.

“It’s really important for the kids to develop their interest in STEM subjects because it really will lead them to future job opportunities.”

ABCN chief executive officer Allegra Spender said entrepreneurialism would be a vital mindset for the next generation.

“Whether these young people will start their own businesses or work in established organisations, having the skills and mindset to come up with innovative ideas, and persevere to bring them to reality creates enormous opportunity for them,” she said.

The Bowen Road students will compete against six other schools around Australia, with their ideas being pitched to a panel of industry experts in July.

“The students are really excited to be involved and it’s a great opportunity for them to develop their skills they can take into the future,” Bowen Road Primary School advanced skills teacher Alicia Peters said.

“Hopefully we can win.”

10-year-old student Maddison Barker said the program was really fun and inspiring.

“I enjoy learning how things work and how we learn about what we make,” she said.

For more information about the STEMpreneur initiative, visit the nbn blog page designed to educate parents and students on the importance of STEM and entrepreneurial skills.

Caption: From left, Bowen Road Primary School students Kourosh Bavafa and Maddison Barker learn about STEM skills through the ‘STEMpreneur’ initiative.