National Science Week visit to Raymond Terrace Public School fuels students learning thirst

Raymond Terrace Public School students’ thirst for learning more about science and technology was only fuelled by a visit from the CSIRO’s deputy director of energy as part of National Science Week.

During a STEM in Schools event on August 10, Dr Glenn Platt spoke with years 5 and 6 students about the jobs and projects he has worked on during the years, including with NASA, phone company Nokia and the CSIRO.

Principal John Picton said the visit complemented their school’s STEM focus.

“We know that the world is changing and that the jobs of today aren’t necessarily going to be the ones these students will move into in the future,” he said.

“We need to try and keep up with technology and give them [students] every opportunity to be creative and critical thinkers.”

Students also heard from Port Stephens councillor Giacomo Arnott and how government plays a role in STEM.

Students showed Dr Platt and Cr Arnott the school’s new technology space, which included robots created by them and used in the recently RoboCup Junior Hunter Regional competition.

Teacher Bernadette Van De Wijgaart, who has for the past 12 months worked with CSIRO STEM Professionals in Schools scientist Natasha Egoroff, said it was critical that students engaged with STEM subjects and scientists in order to meet the job demands of the future.

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