The Day of STEM program had its corporate launch last November by Australia’s Chief Scientist and some of Australia’s most iconic corporations and institutions. Day of STEM is specifically designed to empower and encourage today’s students to become our nation’s future STEM Generation, by providing Australian students – regardless of means – with the opportunity to ‘test drive’ their future by enabling them to live a day in the life of Australia’s STEM leaders.
Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull said of the Day of STEM initiative, “The pace of change, underpinned by new and emerging technologies, has never been so great nor disruptive. This presents an enormous opportunity for all Australians, but particularly for today’s students. We cannot future-proof ourselves from the future, but we can equip our students with the problem solving and critical reasoning skills to capitalise on the jobs of the future. That’s why it’s so important that we promote STEM and computing in schools.”
Over 20 of Australia’s leading corporations, educational institutions and government bodies are already supporting this national initiative including: Westpac, Cisco, SAS, LaTrobe University, Australian Association of Maths Teachers, Collingwood Football Club, Telstra, Engineers Australia, Deloitte, RACQ, Johnson & Johnson, Trustwave and AMP. More will be announced over the coming weeks and months.
Students will be able to explore and be inspired by a wide range of STEM careers, ranging from Data Scientist, Exploitation Analyst and Capologist to Ethical Hacker, Analytics Jedi, Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer.