Launched at the end of 2017, Karratha STEM Centre is a newly funded project from Rio Tinto which seeks to engage and upskill Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children in STEM. The children must demonstrate academic aptitude in these subjects and a commitment to their education.
The program consists of hands-on, problem based learning activities where children can link their knowledge and experience to real world issues that they are passionate about. Through robotics, gaming and coding the children develop key 21st century skills necessary to equip them for the future jobs of tomorrow. They are encouraged to work collaboratively, inquire and question everything in science activities so that they become the leaders and thinkers of the next generation.
Their learning is based inside and outside of the purpose built STEM laboratory and extends to educational trips and time spent with the Foundation’s STEM Centre in Wickham and Learning Club in Roebourne. The children are selected from each primary school in the Karratha area and work with one another to build new friendships and extend community relationships.