BAE Systems Partners With the Smith Family to Build Youth STEM Capability

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BAE Systems Australia announced a $100,000 part­ner­ship with The Smith Family to sup­port schools to par­tic­i­pate in the Young ICT Explorers pro­gram, Australia’s biggest stu­dent inven­tion com­pe­ti­tion.

Young ICT Explorers is a STEM-focused com­pe­ti­tion for stu­dents in years 3 – 12. The com­pe­ti­tion aims to inspire stu­dents to con­sid­er a future STEM career. The com­pe­ti­tion has been run by soft­ware com­pa­ny, SAP, for more than 10 years.

BAE Systems Australia chief tech­nol­o­gy offi­cer Brad Yelland said the com­pa­ny was delight­ed to sup­port teach­ers across Australia to devel­op new skills.

“Our busi­ness relies on STEM skilled employ­ees and it’s impor­tant that we sup­port pro­grams like YICTE that will enable learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for young people and which could lead to future careers pio­neer­ing new tech­nolo­gies,” he said.

“The increas­ing dig­i­tal divide is increas­ing which means that a huge number of young people are at risk of being left out of the work­force of the future and teach­ers are the key to ensur­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of prob­lem solvers and inven­tors have both the skills and capa­bil­i­ty to devel­op pio­neer­ing new tech­nolo­gies.”

Over the next three years, BAE Systems will sup­port an Accelerator Program which will pro­vide schools with the finan­cial sup­port and hard­ware that they need to par­tic­i­pate as well as men­tor­ing and coach­ing for the teach­ers to enable them to devel­op their dig­i­tal skills.

BAE Systems’ “techsperts”, along with spe­cial­ists from Junior Engineers, will run pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment work­shops with The Smith Family for school teach­ers to train them in using Micro:bit tech­nol­o­gy, which can be used for YICTE com­pe­ti­tion projects.

The com­pe­ti­tion, which is aligned with the school cur­ricu­lum, enables stu­dents to apply what they learn in their ICT/digital tech­nolo­gies class­room to devel­op a project of their choice.

At the judg­ing event, stu­dents have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to present their project to a panel of acad­e­mia, indus­try part­ners and ICT pro­fes­sion­als.

Each project is assessed on the cri­te­ria of cre­ativ­i­ty, unique­ness, qual­i­ty, level of dif­fi­cul­ty and project doc­u­men­ta­tion.

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