Scitech’s engagement with STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – dates back to before the term even existed.
In the 1980s, three influential Western Australian figures – physicist Emeritus Professor John de Laeter, mining leader Sir Laurence Brodie-Hall, and politician and computing pioneer the Hon. Mal Bryce – asked the question: “If our future depends on science and technology, how can we get people inspired?” The answer was Scitech, opening our doors in 1988 with a mission to inspire the entire state’s collective curiosity. This continues to be our purpose and is not only as relevant now as it was 35 years ago, but is possibly more important than ever.
Why STEM matters
From how our money moves to how we move, where our clothes are made to what we eat and so much more – this tiny acronym is part of almost every aspect of our lives.
We have long understood the importance of getting young people engaged in STEM subjects to inspire them to pursue career pathways in STEM industries. But as technology has become more integrated across more industries, STEM skills and literacy are becoming an essential part of any occupation, not to mention in many aspects of daily life for people of all ages. We believe that by developing STEM interest, awareness, participation and capabilities, we expand our future workforce, diversify our economy, and empower our community to be active participants in an increasingly technological and digital world. It also builds skills such as collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking, that allows us to question, understand and solve challenges and issues, from those we face day to day to those affecting our communities.
At Scitech, we’re here for anyone who has ever asked “why?” Because while answers are important, it’s the questions that really get us thinking.
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Our purpose is to inspire engagement by all Western Australians in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.