Students at Clarkson joined more than 300 schools across Australia in welcoming science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals into their classroom today as part of the National STEM in Schools event. (Also covered by the Community News)

STEM in Schools is being facilitated by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO (Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation), and aims to make STEM careers more visible and relatable by inviting STEM professionals into the classroom to share their work and their stories with students. STEM professionals from across CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology are taking part, and will explore the important role that scientists have in addressing global challenges.

As the nature of work changes and will continue to change in the future, it is more important than ever that students participate in and engage with STEM subjects in Australia, and that STEM professionals unite to engage students.

Dr. Vincent Crombez from the CSIRO’s Deep Earth Imaging Future Science Platform has a background in geosciences and a strong interest in developing sustainable resources for the future. Dr. Crombez joined a selection of our Year 8 Science students and science teacher Dr Steven Laing to lead a discussion on the various STEM career options and provided the students insight into his role as a geologist.

Students watched a nationally broadcasted video from the CSIRO then took part in a game designed to mimic the research process followed when searching for natural resources in the ground. All students and teachers found the program to be interesting and informative.

Clarkson Community High School would like to thank Dr. Crombez for his excellent workshop and hope that it has inspired some of our young scientists to study towards a future career in STEM.

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