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SISP Program Leader awarded UON Alumni Excellence Awards – 2021 National Leadership Award

22 Nov 2021

Dr Scott Sleap

By working with the University of Newcastle and local industry, Scott helped develop iSTEM, a fit-for-purpose course that saw a 20 percent increase in the number of students who were taking STEM subjects in the Hunter, at a time when the rest of the state saw a reduction.

“Following the incredible success of the program in New South Wales, it has continued to grow and grow. Not only are we working with educational authorities right across Australia, we’re now reaching 30 different countries. It’s grown from a little seed in the Hunter, and it's expanded into international coverage. It's been quite a journey,” said Scott.

Scott is no stranger to accolade. He was awarded the Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in 2018. He was a finalist for the 2019 Teacher of the Year in the Australian Education Awards and was recognised in 2020 with a National Commonwealth Bank Teaching Award. 

He has been inducted as one of only three national patrons of the Australian Design and Technology Teachers Association (DATA) and in 2019 he was appointed as an Ambassador for the NSW Cyber Security Network. Dr Sleap is also on the Advisory Committee for the NSW Government Space Industry Development Strategy and was on the organising committee for the 43rd COSPAR Scientific Congress, the world's most prestigious space research conference.

“I'm currently working with other educators around the world on a fantastic space program. It has enabled me to connect with people like myself in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand, and we're all working together on a very common goal - to engage young people in STEM. Long after I'm gone, I hope my legacy includes these approaches in teaching.”