Getting students involved in National Science Week

The Australian Government is backing National Science Week by providing $980,000 to the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) to boost school participation in the event.

Minister for Industry and Science, Ed Husic, said ASTA will run the National Science Week school grants program as part of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Program. 

“Encouraging more Australians from all corners of our society to enter STEM careers starts with igniting a passion for science in school,” Minister Husic said.

“These grants will help deliver a vibrant National Science Week, enabling schools around the country to put on programs and activities for their students.

“The Albanese government has committed to widening the pipeline of talent entering STEM careers in Australia, and putting science at the forefront of policy making.

“This year’s National Science Week theme invites a conversation about the industries of the future. Our students are shaping that future, and I look forward to their contributions.

“Schools can apply to ASTA for grants of up to $500 to run activities and events around Australia encouraging students to take part in National Science Week.” 

National Science Week is Australia’s major national celebration of science and technology, with more than 1,000 events held around Australia in August each year.

This year it will run from 12 to 20 August, with the theme being ‘Innovation: Powering Future Industries’.

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Media contact: Minister Husic’s office 02 6277 7070