Northern Territory

Blueprint for STEM in the NT launched

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NT Minister for Education Selena Uibo launched the STEM in the NT strategy, a five year plan to ensure Territory students are equipped with the skills they need for the jobs of the future.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are crucial areas of learning for school children, with an estimated 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations worldwide requiring skills and knowledge in these fields.

The STEM in the NT strategy is a response to the National STEM School Education Strategy, an Australia-wide push to help school kids build stronger skills in these areas.

The NT Department of Education has partnered with the University of Adelaide to provide teachers with support to increase their skills and knowledge in digital technologies.

In addition, the strategy will work with schools to:

  • increase teacher capacity to maintain currency in digital literacies
  • ensure all young people in the NT are equipped with coding skills as an emerging essential literacy
  • expand enterprise education and innovation programs so students receive advice and training in newly emerging industries
  • implement a system-wide culture of data driven practice in STEM education
  • implement professional learning opportunities for teachers and educators in STEM education and pedagogy

The STEM in the NT strategy delivers on three of the Territory Government’s education election commitments relating to digital literacy, coding and enterprise education and innovation.

Source: NT Government