3M is proud to partner with the Australian Academy of Science to produce the 2019 Science at the Shine Dome Schools Program. The program generates an invaluable opportunity for New South Wales students and teachers to interact with and be inspired by Australia’s top scientists. The program supports gender equality in STEM and provides equal opportunity to all NSW students regardless of their socio-economic status.
Ten of New South Wales’ brightest science students converged on Canberra in May to meet leading Australian scientists and participate in the annual symposium, workshops and activities. The new STEM education initiative by the Australian Academy of Science saw the group of Year 12 HSC Science Extension students and their teachers attend the Academy’s annual showcase of science, Science at the Shine Dome, for the first time. Science Extension is a NSW Higher School Certificate course designed for Year 12 students with an interest in scientific research. It is the only science course of its type in Australia. Students undertake scientific research, in collaboration with a practising scientist to develop research and critical analysis skills and to apply evidence-based decision making.
The Academy’s Secretary for Education and Public Awareness, Professor Hans Bachor, said picking only ten students from 67 applications was no easy task.
“It is clear from meeting with this group of students that they are absolutely passionate about science, and after spending three days with some of Australia’s top scientists they have left with plenty of inspiration,” Professor Bachor said.
“What young people see of STEM professionals shapes their beliefs and career aspirations. The Academy’s Women in STEM 10-year plan published last month highlights the importance of role models.”
The students got the chance to have a Q&A session with Dr Andy Thomas, the first Australia-born person to fly as a NASA astronaut in space. The ten students and their teachers attended Science at the Shine Dome with 3Mgives support. Australia Managing Director, Makoto Itoh congratulated the Academy on creating a fantastic program to inspire Australia’s future scientists.
“By providing equal opportunity to all NSW Science Extension students and including their science teachers, we’re creating a winning formula for success and the advancement of science in Australia,” Mr Itoh said.
“In future careers, these students could make their own scientific discoveries and apply them to solve some of life’s biggest problems. They could change the world—and that alone is worth its weight in gold.”
The ten students are:
As 3M’s social investment arm, 3Mgives maximises the company’s impact in various areas. 3M has a longstanding commitment to education and developing tomorrow’s workforce through strategic investments in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs and skilled trades. The program partners with colleges/universities and non-profit organisations to increase the impact of our employees and retirees. Additionally, 3M staff members share time and talent to improve lives in our communities.
3M is proud to partner with the Australian Academy of Science to produce the 2019 Science at the Shine Dome Schools Program.