STEM Skills Promoted Through Scitech Funding

STEM Skills Promoted Through Scitech Funding

Western Australia Minister for Science and Innovation and ICT Dave Kelly

McGowan Government Funds Scitech Continuing To Promote STEM

Victor P Taffa

  • McGowan Government gives $25.8 Million of funding to Scitech
  • Scitech plays an important role in promoting STEM skills to the community
  • McGowan Government committed to equipping Western Australians for the jobs of the future

Science and Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly today announced the McGowan Government will provide $25.8 Million over 3 years for the Scitech Discovery Centre in West Perth.

“STEM education is vital for Western Australia’s future and Scitech plays a key role in encouraging and inspiring young people to take up STEM in school.” Minister for Science and Innovation and ICT Dave Kelly said.

 

“I applaud Scitech for their valued contribution to the community, especially in the area of STEM skills for young people.”

Funding commitment for Scitech recognises the centre’s key role in promoting especially in young people, STEM:

  • Science,
  • Technology,
  • Engineering,
  • Mathematics.

Under the new 3-year funding agreement, Scitech will receive $8.6 Million per year from the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.

Western Australia State Government has funded Scitech, which opened in 1988, since its establishment by former Deputy Premier, the late Mal Bryce.

Scitech delivers its activities through the Scitech Discovery Centre at City West, regionally through outreach programs for regional and remote schools, and exhibition rentals nationally and internationally.

Scitech’s exhibitions, regional tours and teacher development programs engage more than 500,000 Western Australians each year with Scitech’s web and social media platforms engaging hundreds of thousands more.

McGowan Government is committed to promoting and enhancing STEM education through a range of initiatives to prepare Western Australians for future Western Australia jobs.

Initiatives include $17 Million for science programs in up to 200 public primary schools, making coding part of the school curriculum, more than $3.3 Million in new funding to kick-start Western Australia’s STEM skills strategy and drive Western Australia’s future jobs and school science grants.