National event encourages students to pursue STEM careers

With an influx of new technology over the past decade, a number of exciting careers have been created in the field of STEM.

Year 6 and 7 students from Bordertown Primary School packed into the school's library to take part in the CSIRO's 'STEM in Schools' event held on Wednesday afternoon.

Countless schools across the country took part in this year's edition of the 'STEM in Schools' event which highlighted Australia's global challenges.

The video touched on everything from the country's ageing population to AI and climate change, along with the STEM professionals and careers using innovative science and technology to solve them.

Schools that registered to take part in the event had the opportunity to be partnered with a STEM professional and/or local Federal parliamentarian. Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP attended the event with the students.

Principal Ross McHutcheon said he was excited about the future of all his students, with each having the opportunity to make a massive impact in any field of work they decide to pursue.

He also urged students to not be scared away from careers in the field of STEM because they are perceived as "hard".

"You (students) are potentially the doctors of the future, the dentists of the future, the chemists of the future and the scientists of the future - so we need people like you," Mr McHutcheon said.

"We don't want everyone to become an artist, designer etc, because the world wouldn't actually function very well would it?."

Mr McHutcheon concluded by saying each student has the ability to choose their own career path, with both the primary and high school being able cater for various STEM careers.

"This is about demonstrating that STEM is a fantastic program - we all know the high school has a dedicated stem building," Mr McHutcheon said.

Students were then asked whether they were interested in pursuing a career in STEM, with many of them excited about the potential jobs that could help shape South Australia or even the country.

Although not all students will decide to become scientists or chemists, the Mr McHutcheon said it was important for students to know they have the ability to become anything they put their mind to.