The sySTEMic Collaboration is an Award winning initiative featuring the establishment of long-term partnerships between industry and education providers, aiming to increase the number of young people who are under-represented in the STEM industry achieving a post-school STEM-related qualification while helping to prepare students for the world beyond school at a time in their lives when they are making decisions that will influence their career path.
The program brings together Year 10 students, Industry, mentors, teachers & career advisors, aiming at assisting the students with their understanding of STEM related career fields.
This year, the program was revamped due to COVID-19. We introduced a new activity… A Day in the Life! The session was an interactive discussion with the students about what their mentors have achieved in their careers, and what they do day-to-day. The mentors showcased software, models, and videos that they utilize in their work life.
The sySTEMic Collaboration students also competed in a Problem Solving Day. They had to save their town from destruction from a meteorite by building a catapult tested for height, power and accuracy, with guidance from their mentors.
The students then had the opportunity to present their projects in front of an industry panel before their final presentation, and it gave them the opportunity to practice their presenting skills and receive feedback on their projects. Feedback from the panel was really taken on board by the students, and they asked many insightful questions.
Finally, after working hard on their projects all semester, the students had the opportunity to present their results in front of industry, Government, parents, teachers and peers. The judges were very impressed by all of the teams in Darwin and Alice Springs. They described the projects as innovative and interesting, addressing real world problems, having excellent, topical concepts, that displayed thought about future options. Further feedback from the judges was that the students’ presentations displayed lots of research and data, demonstrated a high level of technical knowledge, and were clearly assessed.
Congratulations to the winning teams, Water Wastage in the School in Darwin and AFL Goalpost Netting in Alice Springs!
The SySTEMic Collaboration wouldn’t be possible without the support of our financial partners: