Inaugural SISP STEM Awards will showcase the incredible impact partnerships make in achieving student excellence in regional schools.
23 Sep 2019
The STEM Industry School Partnerships (SISP) has achieved another major milestone this week, launching the Inaugural SISP STEM awards to recognise the efforts of regional students and their educators in STEM-based activities.
Five NSW regions are represented in the awards showcase: Southern Inland, Hunter, Riverina, Central West and Mid North Coast, which shows the strength that the SISP alliance has developed in collaboration since its inception in 2017. SISP Project Leader, Dr Scott Sleap, says the launch of this prestigious set of awards is a proud moment for all who work behind the scenes and in classrooms every day to build and deliver this innovative, creative and rewarding program for their students.
“My colleagues and associates who execute the SISP curriculum are dedicated and resolved to give students in regional public schools every opportunity to excel in this future-driven program,” he said.
“The SISP STEM awards allow teachers and students to showcase their efforts and put themselves forward to be recognised in their achievements by their peers.”
The SISP philosophy is to encourage participation of all students from the partner schools from Kindergarten to Year 12 in activities that sharpen skills in an incredibly broad range of STEM disciplines.
Award entries will be accepted from projects in Science, Technology, Mathematics, Electronics, Robotics, Industrial and Engineering Technology, Mandatory Technology, Food and Textiles, Graphics, Information and Software Technology, and Marine and Aquaculture Sciences. There is also a category that rewards diversity and accessibility in STEM.
Dr Sleap says that by integrating STEM subjects for regional students of all abilities and walks of life from the early learning stages of education right through to the final years of high school, SISP will empower them to become lifelong learners.
“The evolution of SISP and the STEM disciplines in these years of learning proves to students that they are capable of anything,” he said.
“The awards are a great opportunity to continue to inspire our children and their teachers, as well as thanking our wonderful communities, business and industry leaders who are also keen to see their regional students’ successes.”
“Providing opportunities to celebrate ongoing work and the success of our great students throughout their school journey is such a great step to building their confident, inquisitive and solutions-focused mind,” said Dr Sleap.
“I can’t wait to see the submissions this year – our first of many occasions to champion excellence in STEM.”
The SISP STEM awards are now open for entry at stemawards.com.au. The NSW Regional SISP STEM award ceremonies will be held at various times around the between November and December.
“The SISP STEM Awards would not be possible without the support of our government, industry and business partners,” said Dr Sleap.
“I want to thank Regional Development Australia, the NSW Government and Engineers Australia for their belief in and support for our mission.”