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‘Nugget’ flies high over Goldfields to foster STEM learning in regions

The Museum of the Goldfields is set to launch a teddy bear called Nugget, 37 kilometres into the Earth’s stratosphere as part of the WA Day celebrations (June 4 2018).

Equipped with a camera and GPS, weather permitting, Nugget will make the ascent aboard a high-altitude balloon. The video camera’s pictures are expected to capture an eye-catching view of an exceptional part of Western Australia – the Goldfields.

The aim of Nugget’s sky-high mission is to inspire people to explore their world, promote STEM learning in regional communities, and advance our knowledge of the Goldfields.

The data and footage collected by Nugget will form the basis of future educational programs and resources at the Western Australian Museum.

The WA Government is committed to promoting and enhancing STEM education in Western Australia through a range of initiatives. These include $17 million for science programs in up to 200 public primary schools including resources to create science labs, and making coding part of the school curriculum.

Earlier in June 2018, the WA Government also announced more than $3.3 million in new funding to kick-start WA’s STEM skills strategy and drive WA’s future jobs.

Source: WA Government

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