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Future focus for education and industry partnership

More than 600 educators and industry leaders have met in the Hunter over two days to get a clearer view of how Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will shape the region’s industry and education needs in the future.

Eddie Woo with students

Maths mentor Eddie Woo with students at the 2018 Future Focused Learning STEM Workforce Conference.

The 2018 Future Focused Learning STEM Workforce Conference was organised by 15 public schools in and around Cessnock and by Regional Development Australia (RDA) – Hunter, an Australian Government initiative bringing the different levels of government together to support regional development.

The first day focused on STEM’s role in shaping how business is done and which jobs will be created in the future in industries from defence and energy to agriculture and medical technologies. Speakers included scientists, entrepreneurs, academics and representatives of companies using leading technologies. It was supported by the Australian Department of Defence, the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, and BAE Systems.

The second day aimed to support schools in developing world-class STEM programs in partnership with industry. Representatives of primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, and industry, took part.

Speakers included Eddie Woo, the NSW Department of Education Leader Innovation in Mathematics and representatives of Google, Adobe, Optus, the University of Sydney and University of Newcastle. A Q and A panel was hosted by maths geek and author, Adam Spencer. The conference was supported by the NSW Department of Education, the University of Newcastle and Engineers Australia.

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