Importance of STEM skills highlighted during National Science Week

This year, National Science Week is being celebrated with more than 1,900 registered events across Australia.

National Science Week events will be held in museums, libraries, galleries, research institutions, schools, universities, parks and even shopping centres. Hundreds of schools and workplaces will also be holding ‘Brain Break’ science-themed morning teas.

NASA scientists and Nobel Laureates are appearing at events around the country, while science festivals, music and comedy shows, interactive displays, open days and online activities are also on the schedule.

Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said National Science Week gave Australians a chance to recognise the importance of science, research and innovation.

“When it comes to science, the next generation holds the keys to our economic future,” Minister Andrews said.

“Sparking children’s interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects from an early age is at the forefront of the Morrison Government’s support for science.

“We know that many of the jobs of the future will require STEM skills and it’s crucial that students are studying it through primary and high school.

“STEM skills can be the launch-pad of many careers and we want to inspire all students to take up and stick with STEM subjects.”