A $23 million package of digital learning resources will be available for every public school student to learn new technology skills from Term 4, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced today.
The STEMShare Community program will provide students with access to robotics, 3D printing, coding, film-making, and virtual and augmented reality, all vital technologies for the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.
Ms Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes announced the rollout of the program at the launch of Education Week at Parramatta Public School. Education Week is the annual celebration of the achievements of NSW public education, with this year’s theme being, “Today’s schools – creating tomorrow’s world”.
“We live in a digital age. Our students need new knowledge and skills to succeed in their studies, both today and throughout their lives,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Research estimates that 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations require STEM knowledge and experience.
“Mathematical and scientific literacy is a passport to the future and these school kits will unlock student creativity and show them how these disciplines can be applied to real-world learning,” she said.
Mr Stokes said the STEMShare program included technology kits, teacher training, curriculum-linked learning and online tools, empowering schools to teach students the skills to solve the problems of tomorrow.
“Our students will need to think critically, solve problems creatively, work in teams, communicate clearly in a range of media, and continue to learn to engage with new and ever-evolving technologies,” he said.
“We are supporting our students to develop future skills for work and study.”
The 660 STEMShare Community kits will provide iPads, laptops and other equipment - such as programmable robots, 360o cameras and virtual reality viewers - to primary and secondary schools.
Project-based STEM challenges are mapped to the NSW syllabus and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) general capabilities.
The kits will be available from the start of Term 4 in October 2018.
The NSW Government is investing $6 billion over the next four years to deliver more than 170 new and upgraded schools – representing the largest investment into schools by any state government in history. Since coming to Government, the NSW Liberals & Nationals have added more than 4500 teachers to the public school system.