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Growing Skills and STEM Careers in National Science Week
 
The Australian Government is celebrating the work of our scientists this National Science Week, working to close the gender gap and inspire the next generation to be part of the highly skilled STEM sector. Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic made comments at Parliament House as he marked this year's National Science Week, which will run from 13-21 August.
 
"Australia is home to some of the best and brightest scientists and researchers - and it's an incredible talent pool that we want to grow," Minister Husic said.
 
Designed to acknowledge and promote STEM learning initiatives, STEM MAD is a competition for students from across our 38 Catholic Education Tasmania schools. Student teams are invited to design a product, service or innovation to 'Make A Difference' (MAD) to others or the environment.
 
The Tasmanian STEM MAD showcase was held via webinar this year, beaming live to our schools across the state. This online showcase included the presentation of 2022 Tasmanian STEM MAD awards, selected excerpts from winning videos and a guest presentation by Dr Lila Landowski (Neuroscientist) on Learning Superpowers for students. STEM MAD aimed to address real-world problems and demonstrate how students in Catholic schools take action that matters.
 
The Spark STEM Student and Teacher Conference is back in Tasmania this September as well. It's a day of STEM learning designed to spark the empowerment of teachers and Year 4 to 10 students. The program is a fabulous mix of leading edge practice and hands-on activities which showcase STEM from the very young all the way through to industry. This year the program added a new session for teachers that is designed to strengthen the connections with non-school STEM opportunities.
 
Image: Chris Bracken and Cat Midson presenting the STEM MAD Showcase
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