Maclean represented at schools conference in Sydney

MACLEAN Public School is among thirty-five NSW primary schools being represented at a conference this week to prepare Australian children for future job markets.

Focussing on the integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the classroom, the NSW Department of Education's STEM project conference started yesterday in Sydney and will wrap up today.

The intention is for more schools to take up the initiative, eventually establishing networks of schools successfully implementing the practices.

It builds on the secondary school STEM project last year.

Science and Technology Advisor Tanya Coli says the Stage 3 Integrated STEM Project is for Year 5 and 6 teachers wishing to support students in making the connections between the four disciplines.

"If students are to leave school with the skills needed in a world where using technology and innovation is the norm, they need to learn the subjects together," said Ms Coli.

"That's why the conference will discuss learning through projects - designing solutions with all aspects of STEM in harmony, just like scientists, mathematicians and engineers do in real life.

"The approach is very motivating for teachers, and will be for students."

Up to four teaching staff from each remote, rural, regional and metropolitan school, who were successful in the project application, will take part.

For more information contact: Department of Education Media Unit, 02 9561 8501.

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