St Luke's Launches Science Initiative for Gen Alpha Kids
STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – are four disciplines predicted to underscore three quarters of all future industries. So, to help inspire the new Generation Alpha kids and showcase these fields, the Queensland Government has launched an initiative called the STEM Alpha Kids Project, and St Luke's Anglican School has just rolled it out for all year 6 students.
The project is jam packed with engaging, technology-based science activities that gives life to, and provides inspiration for science-related subjects. The project is made possible by Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) in collaboration with the Wonder of Science Program and Bundaberg's public library.
Scientist Christina Zdenek, who has featured in leading journals such as National Geographic, New Scientist, and The New York Times, launched the program last week in front of St Luke’s Year 6 student with an informative and engaging presentation about sustainability and the importance of ecosystem services. Christina’s presentation followed a day-long student excursion to study mangrove ecology with local ecology experts, Ric Fennessey and Nev Capell.
St Luke’s Year 6 students will develop their science and inquiry skills, respond to real-world design issues, and understand the issues of sustainability and caring for our local environment.
STEM Alpha Kids Program hopes to involve 300 – 1000 participants and promote libraries as venues for STEM engagement.