19 March 2019
Scitech’s science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers show, ‘Beyond the Beaker’, will be travelling to eight high schools in the South West region from 26 March - 5 April.
Addressing the importance of STEM education and skills for career prospects, the tour will reach more than 670 students from Nannup District High School, Boyup Brook District High School, Bridgetown High School, Kearnan College, Manjimup Senior High School, Pemberton District High School, Northcliffe District High School and Denmark Senior High School.
This program is made possible by Scitech’s long-standing partnership with Chevron, and tours regularly to different parts of the state, inspiring Western Australian secondary students to embrace a STEM enabled future.
It has been identified that 75% of the fastest growing jobs now require STEM skills, and while Western Australians are preparing for these changes, programs such as Beyond the Beaker are immensely important for secondary students transitioning into the workforce of tomorrow.
Ms Deb Banning (formerly Hancock), Scitech Chief Executive Officer said, “’Beyond the Beaker’ focuses on equipping participants with the 21st century skillset needed for the future’s fastest growing job. These skills have been defined as creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and problem solving and are inherent in STEM learning.”
“Today’s young people are already described as ‘digital natives’ and our ‘Beyond the Beaker’ program encourages them to embrace their digital skills and leverage them for a future in numerous STEM-related career paths.”
Beyond the Beaker incorporates emerging topics such as self-driving cars, life-saving drones, big data and artificial intelligence (AI). It also demonstrates how STEM skills are relevant to so many career avenues, from health and sports, to automation and the arts.
The hands-on demonstrations include a teacher versus student texting competition using a blank smartphone keyboard highlighting the difference between generational tech abilities and experimenting with drawing on an iPad while an AI program attempts to guess what students are creating before they finish. A 3D printed prosthetic hand highlights one of the many ways STEM skills and cutting edge technologies can be used to make a difference in our changing world.