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STEM Leaders of tomorrow

STEM talks: Emma and Frank Arrigo from AWS with Year 9 Elsternwick Campus students

Last month, Year 9 Design and Technology students from Elsternwick Campus attended the NBN-AWS STEM Career Day to hear from some real-life role models and learn how they can forge a career in STEM. The virtual event centred around the theme ‘Be Creative, Be Entrepreneurial, Be Authentic and Be Brave’.

Jason Leong from NBN and Frank and Emma Arrigo from AWS (Amazon Web Services) shared their personal stories with students, talking about the many different types of STEM roles they considered, how they navigated their way into the industry and the support they had as they started their careers.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is an increasingly important part of our College life and a crucial way to set our students up for success beyond our walls.

STEM programs not only instil students with knowledge in each of the four disciplines, but the transdisciplinary nature of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years and Middle Years Programs encourages students to draw connections and apply what they are learning across subject areas. A significant part of STEM is developing student's soft skills in problem-solving, agile working, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration, which are crucial in preparing students to thrive in a fastpaced world of change.

Student Jackson Valentic says the talk was ‘reassuring in showing that you don’t have to choose a career path straight away. You can make your own path and find something that you enjoy and are interested in.’ His classmate, Noah Pangu, agrees, saying, ‘It was helpful to understand that you don’t need to know what you want to do for your career, and that as long as you follow what you want to do, you will succeed.’

With new role models for inspiration, and so much fun on the cards in the classroom, we hope to see the STEM leaders of tomorrow emerging from the Elsternwick Campus. Stay tuned!

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