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Increasing community STEM participation

Community and youth participation in STEM activities across Victoria is set to rise thanks to an injection of funds from the Australian Government.

The Royal Society of Victoria will receive $225,000 to connect Victorians across the state with science.

Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said science engagement is important to connect the community with science and to inspire young Australians to develop interests and skills that will support them in their pathways to future work.

“As part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Inspiring Australia program provides opportunities to participate and engage with science, technology, engineering and maths,” Minister Cash said.

“It is essential that we connect and inspire our community with the tremendous opportunities presented by science and innovation, and enable young people to develop skills and interests for future work.”

The program will be delivered in partnership with the State Government of Victoria, the Royal Society of Victoria, and leading science organisations throughout the state.

“I am delighted to welcome Victoria as a valued partner in the Inspiring Australia initiative, which coordinates science engagement nationwide and is helping to unlock the full benefits of our nation’s scientific endeavor and enterprise,” Minister Cash said.

The program will inspire excellence and community participation in STEM through major initiatives across the state, including National Science Week 2018, new citizen science projects, community forums, science talks and industry nights, and year-round activities in regional communities.

The program will also lead to the establishment of STEM Hubs in the Whittlesea, Ballarat and Monash areas, which will partner with regional Tech Schools, universities and TAFE colleges to develop programs of engagement with emerging fields such as new health technologies and advanced manufacturing.

“The Australian Government is helping scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and industry connect with the public, communicate their work and excite people with the real-world impacts of emerging science and technology,” Minister Cash said.

“I encourage all Australians to engage with the Inspiring Australia program and discover the potential that science brings to daily life and our future as a nation.”

Source: Australian Government

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