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Canberra wants more women to take up STEM roles

The Australian government is seeking direction on how exactly it can breakdown the barriers for women in STEM-related fields.

The federal government has started the development of a 10-year plan aimed at ushering more women into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related roles, publishing a discussion paper asking for help on how exactly it is going to make it happen.

According to the Women in STEM Decadal Plan Discussion Paper [PDF], women are lost at every stage of the professional ladder in STEM fields, due to a range of factors including stereotypes, discrimination, and workplace culture and structure, some of which the paper said manifests from early school years.

The paper, compiled by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, highlights that there are barriers at every level of schooling for women, and that the barriers continue well into their professional careers.

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Great Thing: Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit conjures up STEM magic

The Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit offers hundreds of creative sounds, effects and challenges. continue reading

Victoria Is The Place For Space

The Andrews Labor Government is stepping up its campaign for the Australian Space Agency – releasing the Victoria: The Place for Space proposal.

Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll today visited Opaque Media Group – one of the 250 Victorian companies involved in the space industry – to launch the proposal, which forms part of Victoria’s bid for the agency.

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Chief scientist’s term extended a further two years

The Australian Government has extended Dr Alan Finkel’s term as Australia’s Chief Scientist for a further two years to the end of 2020.

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Swedish Strawbees wins Nordic Edtech Award

Strawbees from Sweden came out top when the best of Nordic edtech was on show at the Nordic Edtech Award at Oslo Innovation Week on Wednesday.

Five finalists, one from each of the Nordic countries, pitched for The Nordic Edtech Award 2018 at the at The Edtech Day at Oslo Innovation Week, All finalists represents the Nordic Edtech core values: Equality, Democracy, Quality, Motivational Learning and Efficiancy.

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Budget 2018: Tech and science gets AU$2.4 Billion

The Australian Science and Technology Growth Program will push artificial intelligence, supercomputers, eSafety, women in STEM, intellectual property, space, and research and development

The Australian government’s 2018-19 Budget has earmarked a massive AU$2.4 billion for technology and science over the next 12 years in a bid to support “a stronger and smarter economy”.

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Australia gets Women in STEM Ambassador in astrophysicist professor

Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith has been appointed as Australia’s first Women in STEM Ambassador.

The federal government has announced the appointment of Australia’s first Women in STEM Ambassador, with Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith charged with overseeing the country’s attempt to diversify its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics sectors.

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It’s time for schools to take engineering seriously

As the Morandi Bridge collapse in Genoa demonstrated, ageing infrastructure is an alarming problem facing the developed world.

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We need engineers to maintain this infrastructure, largely built in the post-war period and coming to the end of their design lifespans. At the same time, cities are racing to build urgently needed infrastructure to accommodate rapidly growing urban populations. continue reading

What’s New in November 2018

NEW Strawbees Coding & Robotics Kit


Create your own robotic creatures with the Strawbees Coding & Robotics Kit. You can program and construct different shapes and forms. Connect Strawbees, motors, LEDs and sensors to make your own creatures! It’s a fun and easy way to learn the basics of physical programming, electronics and mechanics, and encourages children to explore coding. This coding kit is pefect for kids, grown-ups and educators. continue reading