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AWARE BEACON Shines A Light On STEM In Salisbury August 2023

BEACON Shines a Light on STEM in Salisbury

Salisbury is playing host to a new program to make STEM accessible to all children, shining light on possible career pathways that might otherwise remain in the dark to them.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is widely touted as a progressive industry with a focus on new technologies, finding hands-on solutions to real-life problems and inspiring the next generation of innovators.

Young people may not have access to these opportunities and progressive technologies due to a lack of school resources and facilities, role models, skilled mentors and even confidence in the subject areas.

The Beacon Education Program, run in partnership by Lumination and BAE Systems, gives primary school students these opportunities where they have hands-on experience trying immersive technology, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) to take on contemporary problems like sustainability and climate change.

They can try coding, robotics, 3D modelling and hear from those working in STEM fields about what it’s like to work in the industry. The program is in its second year but being held at the Salisbury Community Hub for the first time.

About 600 children from years 4 to 6 took part across Australia with 25 at the Salisbury Community Hub during the school holidays from 18 to 21 July, employing out-of-the-box thinking to design solutions to real-life problems. Registered teachers from immersive software company Lumination and engineers from defence contractor BAE Systems were there to guide and inspire.

Mayor Gillian Aldridge OAM said the program is an exciting opportunity for students who could one day make STEM their career.

New technology means the world, education and careers are quickly changing, prompting a big demand for STEM skills and expertise. Our scientists and engineers of tomorrow could be living right here in Salisbury.

Mayor Gillian Aldridge OAM

Lumination’s Head of Education Programs, Rebecca Bendikov, said Beacon opens the doors for students interested in STEM who would not usually have access to innovative technologies and professional role models.

Our goal with this program is to promote diversity and inclusion in STEM across Australia, keep students engaged in their education and provide them with future career opportunities.

Rebecca Bendikov - Luminations's Head of Education Programs