Karen McNamara Helps Launch National Science Week #Dobell #CoastTimesNews #CentralCoast
Friday 14 August, 2015.
Karen McNamara Helps Launch National Science Week
This event also highlighted how the Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools (SMiS) Programme is being run in many schools across Australia, including here in Dobell.
“SMiS is Australia’s largest national skilled volunteering program for science and mathematics professionals and educators.
“To see this program being implemented in Dobell is a huge achievement.” said Mrs McNamara.
The students were treated to a visit by Dr Sophie Parks from the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Dr Parks holds a PhD in plant physiology and is located at the Ourimbah Campus of the University of Newcastle here on the Central Coast.
“With research indicating 75% of the fastest growing occupations now require skills and knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), it is fantastic for students of Wadalba to see how these skills can lead to local employment here on the Central Coast,” said Mrs McNamara.
“Whilst the employment for people with STEM skills is increasing, the participation in these subject areas by students is declining.
These kinds of figures show how vital programs like this are, especially in areas of high unemployment such as Dobell.”
“The importance of these subjects cannot be understated,” Mrs McNamara said.
“I can see from its impact here in Wadalba Community School this programme between students, teachers and professionals can only improve employment prospects of students involved.”