Industry mentoring encouraging STEM careers

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We are excited to have mentoring in the classroom resume for our Information Technology (IT) students, receiving one-on-one guidance from P-TECH Australia partners Saab Australia.

As part of the P-TECH Australia (Pathways in Technology) program, mentoring with key industry partners provides an education-industry collaboration and industry-supported pathways for students to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

With mentoring grinding to a halt earlier in the year due to COVID-19, our Year 11 and 12 IT students were unable to receive direct industry guidance for their Subs in Schools Technology Challenge.

Thankfully, the tides have changed this school term and Saab Australia engineers, Daniel Pace and Jared Bouchier, have been mentoring fortnightly in the classroom to assist students in understanding the complexities of underwater design, electronics, and mathematics. The world’s first in-class submarine design competition provides students with the opportunity to collaborate with industry and to foster their STEM learning.

The Subs in Schools Technology Challenge was created specifically to develop employability skills in students and to encourage them in Defence Industries careers. The challenge is complex and involves the use of industry-standard technologies, a focus on team building, and collaboration with industry.