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STEM MAD National

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STEM MAD National is a celebration of student learning designed to acknowledge and promote STEM learning initiatives that address real-world problems and demonstrate the ethos of Catholic schools, encouraging students to make a difference (MAD) in the world by acting for justice and the common good.

Tasmania has six winning teams from the Tasmanian STEM MAD Online Showcase that were invited to Melbourne on 6 September while 72 award-winning teams comprising around 200 students showcased their projects to the 1,300 delegates at the National Catholic Education conference.

Congratulations to Sacred Heart College, New Town who won two awards including the STEM MAD National Award (Secondary) and Future is STEM Award (Secondary).

Students and staff of Sacred Heart College travelled to Melbourne this week to  participate in the National showcase where they were invited to present their ground-breaking STEM projects ‘Save the Swifty’ and ‘Life Saving Flood Level Indicator’. 

Principal of Sacred Heart College Mrs Elizabeth McDougall is “so thrilled we have been given this opportunity to showcase the outstanding work of our students,  especially on this National stage. These submissions have such real-life connections  for our students and our community.”

Catholic Education Tasmania STEM Education Officer Chris Bracken said STEM-related jobs are increasing at twice the rate of other occupations in Australia.“There is a huge focus on how we are going to need educated people in years to come – including doctors, engineers, scientists, IT support, science teachers, allied health, and in a range of other industries.

“A lot of that involves getting kids keen and enthused in STEM so they can decide on their pathway and follow it into STEM careers. Catholic Education Tasmania is heavily invested in STEM education."

? NCEC/The School Photographer

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