Australian Maker Project issues grants for Australian organizations to teach STEM skills for students

Australian government announced the Maker Project – part of the four-year Inspiring Australia science engagement program – to invest $4 million AU over four years to generate spaces for enhancing the STEM skills of children in the country. The program will consist in issuing grants to Australian schools and community organizations that organize workshops and events to train students with hands-on experience in design, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The value of the grants will range from $2,000 AU to $5,000 AU that should be used to cover the operational costs of equipment and tools required for the courses to take place. Activities will seek to teach STEM-related skills for youth and to enable them to network with local experts, investors and entrepreneurs. Other related initiatives currently performed by the government include the formation of IT summer schools for students of 9th and 10th grade, an annual coding competition for years 4-12 and online computing challenges for years 5-7.

According to Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, “Schools need to think creatively about how they teach digital literacy to ensure that students don’t fall behind or find it difficult to engage.” He added that interest in STEM fields should be promoted at an early age to increase the amount of students pursuing related careers in the future.

Source: ZD Net