WA Science Minister Dave Kelly delivered on a key election commitment to form a STEM Advisory Panel chaired by the Chief Scientist, Professor Peter Klinken.
The panel, made up of industry experts, researchers and educators, will over the coming months focus on developing a WA STEM strategy.
The STEM strategy will initially map Western Australia’s STEM workforce, highlighting strengths and gaps in skills and expertise.
It will then identify STEM growth industries with a vision to grow the local workforce.
Professor Klinken welcomed the Minister’s commitment and direction to the panel.
The panel will work collaboratively to identify ways of promoting the importance of the key STEM skills of problem solving, critical thinking and innovation to employers, educators, parents and students.
It will work collaboratively to complement other STEM-related election commitments, such as $17 million to roll out science programs in up to 200 public primary schools including resources to create science labs, and making coding part of the school curriculum.
Source: WA Government