Penrith City Council has announced a joint venture with the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) that will see Year 9 and 10 students engage with industry professionals in STEM jobs as they take on inquiry-based projects, exploring solutions to real-world challenges.
Students from eight local schools participated in the STEM Community Partnerships Program (CPP) last year and worked with local businesses to investigate various community issues such as challenges around water, heat stress, transport and the Aerotropolis.
Penrith Mayor, Tricia Hitchen encouraged local businesses to get involved and said the program hugely benefits young people in the local government area.
“The STEM Community Partnerships Program is a fantastic initiative which forms part of a $25 million NSW Government funding commitment to upskill and create pathways for students,” Mayor Hitchen said.
“This is a rare and exciting opportunity for students as they undertake relevant, hands-on research as part of their inquiry-based projects with support from industry leaders – experiences like this give the leaders of tomorrow a chance to shine and really extend themselves.
“Council is proud to partner with CSIRO to deliver this program and we are calling on representatives from businesses in the Penrith LGA who can pass on invaluable skills and knowledge through mentoring, site visits, work experience and local careers events.
“We look forward to learning more about the challenges the students for 2022 will tackle and are eager to hear about their innovative solutions in the coming months.”
Council recently joined CSIRO for a virtual Industry Engagement Workshop to launch this year’s educational program, giving local businesses and industry representatives more information about how to get involved in the program.
Participating students and their schools will reveal their project results at a showcase event later this year.
This is the second year that Council and CSIRO have partnered to deliver the STEM CPP program in Penrith. It is a three-year partnership which was brought to the Penrith region following Council’s successful Cooling the City Masterclass in 2019.
To find out more about the program, visit www.csiro.au/en/education/Programs/Generation-STEM/STEMCPPschools