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Spotlight on STEM for National Science Week

Australians from all walks of life are invited to celebrate all things science and technology at more than 1,900 registered events across the country for National Science Week.

Held from 10-18 August, National Science Week is the annual opportunity for Australians to meet scientists, discuss hot topics, do an experiment and celebrate the social and economic impact of science on our nation.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said National Science Week gives us all a chance to recognise the importance of science, research and innovation, which are key drivers of the Government’s plan for a stronger economy.

“When it comes to science, the next generation holds the keys to our economic future,” Minister Andrews said.

"Sparking children’s interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects from an early age is at the forefront of the Morrison Government’s support for science.

“We know that many of the jobs of the future, will require STEM skills and it’s crucial that students are studying it through primary and high school.

“STEM skills can be the launch-pad of many careers and we want to inspire all students to take up and stick with STEM subjects.”

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Government is supporting students to gain the STEM skills they’ll need in a rapidly changing world.

“Our Government’s ongoing investment and focus on STEM education, from Early Learning STEM Australia in our preschools to the Curious Minds program for young women, is designed to ensure all students have access to the building blocks of learning that maths and science gives them.”

National Science Week events will be held in museums, libraries, galleries, research institutions, schools, universities, parks and even shopping centres. Hundreds of schools and workplaces will also be holding ‘Brain Break’ science-themed morning teas.

There is an event for everyone: from the Brisbane Science Festival, to a pop-up science bar in Hobart and an expert panel discussing life on Mars in Perth.

NASA scientists and Nobel Laureates are appearing at events around the country, while science festivals, music and comedy shows, interactive displays, open days and online activities are also on the schedule.

More information is available at www.scienceweek.net.au

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