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Bringing ideas to life - STEM4Innovation

Posted by The iThink Team (Admin) 4 months ago

A couple of weeks ago, a group of Western Australian educators posted an idea to iThink (WA Public Sector) which has now turned out to be the most voted idea since iThink was launched to the public!

The idea – called STEM4Innovation - is to provide WA students with the opportunity to help solve real-world problems through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning principles, particularly relating to the current and future impact of COVID-19 on the WA community.

Thanks to the support of the WA Innovation Hub STEM4Innovation is now undertaking this exciting project.  

This week, a group of STEM students from schools across WA will take part in a ‘virtual hospital immersion experience’ delivered by Professor Fiona Wood at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Students and teachers will then share ideas and develop real solutions to solve real problems via a closed challenge on iThink, providing updates to the WA Innovation Hub as they go.

Public Sector Commission’s Executive Director People, Culture and Diversity, Sonja O’Leary, said she was pleased to see an iThink idea evolve and come to life so quickly.

“This is exactly what iThink’s all about.”

“We are excited to support the ‘STEM4Innovation’ idea and promote STEM learning across schools.”

Stay tuned as we will keep you updated on the progress of the STEM4Innovation project!

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This post was edited on May 25, 2020 by The iThink Team

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KIM FLINTOFF says... 3 months ago

This is really just the beginning - STEM4Innovation not only focusses on development of STEM capabilities, but also focusses those capabilities on how they meaningfully interact with all the other knowledge, values and ethics that inform our humanity.  STEM4Innovation is as much about Learner Development as it is about maths, science, engineering and technology.

We’ve highlighted how schools can take the lead across WA, by accessing challenges that connect our students to broader community participation – this sort of work is very much in the spirit of the government’s Future jobs, futures skills initiative (and the new Take 2 STEM priority)  – and has the potential to play a very significant role in Workforce Development priorities.

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