STEM Industry School Partnership Project (SISP)

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An estimated 75% of jobs in the future will require STEM skills - how can we develop a workforce that can meet this increased demand for STEM skills?

Regional Development Australia Southern Inland (RDASI) is collaborating with RDA Hunter and RDA Central West to pilot a program that provides students in years 5 to 8 in each region with age appropriate STEM skills and pathways to STEM jobs.

Funded by the NSW Department of Education, the STEM Industry School Partnership Program (SISP) matches schools in each region with an industry partner and technology program.

 RDASI will partner with Crookwell High School and the Renewable Energy sector to introduce primary and secondary students in Crookwell to STEM opportunities in this booming sector in the Southern Inland.

This Project will see RDAs, industry and schools work together to focus the narrative for primary and secondary students on how STEM skills and knowledge can solve real world problems. 

Representatives from industry will engage with students during school and site visits – explaining the variety of jobs they offer, what the jobs entail and the education pathways students need to undertake to get them.

As outlined in the Optimising STEM Industry-School Partnerships: Inspiring Australia’s Next Generation Final Report, industry can help to build the enthusiasm of students, teachers and parents by providing examples of real world problems that young people can solve. Industry can contribute content and context to the principals and teachers who are developing contemporary curriculum resources.  

Hook Day

On Wednesday 22nd August, Crookwell High School hosted five primary schools from the Upper Lachlan area to participate in their ‘STEM Hook Day’. The day was designed to introduce students from Crookwell High School and their feeder schools to the STEM Industry School Partnership Program (SISP) and get them excited about the upcoming STEM Project.

Read all about the day here

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Gullen Range Wind Farm visits Crookwell Public School

On Monday 10th September, Year 8 mentors from Crookwell High School visited Year 5 students at Crookwell Public School to assist the students with their Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM) projects, as part of the STEM Industry School Partnership Program funded by the NSW Department of Education. Also joining in on the day were two industry representatives from Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm, Isabel Nelson and Simon Zhao, and Project Officer at Regional Development Australia Southern Inland (RDASI), Camilla Staff. 

Read more about the visit here.

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Crookwell 2 Wind Farm visit Binda and Bigga students

On Monday 15th October, Nigel Hicks, Operations and Maintenance Manager at Crookwell 2 Wind Farm, and Camilla Staff, Project Officer at RDA Southern Inland, visited Binda and Bigga Public School to assist the students with their Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM) projects.

Read more about the visit here. 

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Crookwell High School visit Gullen Range

On Thursday 25th October, Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm hosted Year 8 students from Crookwell High School. Throughout the morning, students immersed themselves in the renewable energy technology housed at Gullen Range Wind Farm. 

The students were welcomed to Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm by Isabel Nelson, Community Engagement Officer, Leo Pearce, Asset Manager and Simon Zhao, Site Manager.  Many students are using renewable energy as part of their agricultural projects, so a tour provides invaluable experience.  Gullen Range is Australia’s first co-located wind and solar farm, housing 42,000 solar panels and 73 wind turbines.

Read more here.

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STEM Showcase Day

Two terms of hard work were celebrated on Wednesday 13th November at Crookwell High School, with students from the high school and local primary schools showing off their Science Technology Engineering Maths (STEM) Projects.  

Year 8 students from Crookwell High School and students from five local primary schools; Binda, Bigga, Laggan, Taralga and Crookwell, came together to present their Ag STEM Projects to a number of local community members, teachers and parents.

Read more here. 



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