Federal Member for Stirling, Vince Connelly MP, welcomed the recent announcement from Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews MP, that the Morrison Government is boosting funding for real world STEM opportunities.
The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, based in Tuart Hill, has been awarded $53,305 for their STEM Access Program for Indigenous Students project.
Young Indigenous students will get hands-on opportunities to develop skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) under the Morrison Government’s ‘Maker Projects: Community STEM Engagement’ grant.
Mr Connelly said that the project was an excellent opportunity for young Indigenous Australians to expand their knowledge and spark their curiosity about STEM fields and careers.
“The Polly Farmer Foundation encourages students to explore STEM subjects through an exciting range of after-school activities and programs. These activities encourage young students to continue to engage in STEM subjects throughout secondary school and beyond.
“This funding will enable yet another successful and academically-enriching program to be delivered to further support the aspirations of young Indigenous students across Western Australia,” Mr Connelly said.
The Maker Projects grants are part of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Program and support STEM-related organisations and businesses to partner with other businesses, experts, schools and community organisations to deliver STEM initiatives.
Twenty-one projects across Australia were successfully funded in the 2020 grants round, totaling $1.8 million in grant funding.
More information and a full list of recipients is available at https://www.business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/maker-projects-community-stem-engagement-grants/grant-recipients.