The federal government has marked the start of National Science Week with more than 1,900 registered events across the country.
Held from 10-18 August, the annual National Science Week is an opportunity for people to celebrate the social and economic impact of science in Australia.
According to industry and science minister Karen Andrews, “When it comes to science, the next generation holds the keys to our economic future.
“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.”
Education minister Dan Tehan said, “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.