Some 400 NT students will be exposed to career pathways in STEM through the Future Careers in STEM series in October.
The series will introduce students to careers in emerging technologies through an exciting range of immersive workshops led by leading education experts and build capacity through professional learning for teachers and school leaders and will be delivered by LifeJourney and the Northern Territory Department of Education.
The program will target Year 9–10 students with immersive workshops led by industry professionals and education experts in fields including robotics, drone technology, engineering and cybersecurity. Presenters include international cyber security education leader Steve Morrill from Loyola Blakefield High School in the USA; Martin Levins and Steve Grant, Digital Technologies Curriculum Officers, Digital Technologies in focus project with ACARA; and Dr. Gillian Kidman, Associate Professor of Education and STEM interdisciplinary learning expert, Monash University and Roland Gesthuizen, STEM Educator at Monash University.
LifeJourney will facilitate a concurrent cyber security professional learning program for school leaders and teachers during the series. The program aims to build capacity and equip teachers with the latest resources and information on available for learning the rapidly evolving and in-demand field of cyber security. To compliment the workshops, LifeJourney will provide students with an opportunity to potential pathways through the Day of STEM and ASD CyberEXP career awareness programs currently available in Australia.
“Being accessible to every student, LifeJourney is the ideal equal opportunity education platform. We are here to support the Northern Territory Government in delivering Territorians the opportunities they deserve to realise their potential through life. If Australia aspires to be a model inclusive society where every citizen is first class then LifeJourney is a practical application of that aspiration.” Phil Scanlan, Lifejourney Chairman.
“We have recently opened the $12.7 million Taminmin College STEAM Centre and have also invested $15.9 million to build the Darwin High School STEAM Centre. Investing in these fields is not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do for the Territory’s future,” Selena Uibo, NT Minister for Education. said.
The Future Careers in STEM series will be hosted by Centralian Secondary School and Charles Darwin University in Alice Springs on October 16-17 and in Darwin on October 18-19.