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Schools show they’re switched on for Science Week

A girls’ robotics team is igniting student passion for STEM across schools in western Sydney.

Students watching a robot on the floor.

Robot demonstrations during National Science Week at Blacktown Girls High.

Schools from across western Sydney are learning from the expertise of Blacktown Girls High School’s robotics team ‘4802’, which is working to promote the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

A STEM day hosted by the school this week as part of National Science Week saw students from local schools view robotics demonstrations and take part in workshops and other STEM-related activities.

The initiative aimed to educate other students, particularly girls, about the opportunities available in STEM subjects and allowed the students of Blacktown Girls High to put their knowledge into practice and showcase their skills.

“Science Week at our school is more like a festival, where having fun is just as important as the learning,” student Riya Patel said.

The event was just one of many initiatives held at the school this week to celebrate STEM.

Competitions in building bridges and creating a balloon buggy allowed students to put into practice what they’ve learnt in the classroom in a fun and engaging way. A liquid nitrogen ice-cream was another popular addition to the week’s activities.

Beyond National Science Week, the school has an ongoing STEM mentoring program with students at Marayong Heights Public School and regularly presents its robotics program at technology events.

The most recent event was today’s Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Young Creators Conference held at the Powerhouse Museum. Team 4802 shared their robotic creations with the audience, which included industry experts and schools from across Sydney.

The robotics team “love talking to others” about their passion and experience in robotics which they say is “definitely a key to success in the STEM world.”

Last year the robotics team became the first all-girl Australian public school team to compete at the international FIRST Robotics competition in Texas.

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