STARportal connects students with local STEM activities

Australian students, parents and teachers have more opportunities to stay connected with local science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities in their local area and online with the launch of the STARportal.

The STARportal is Australia’s first centralised national portal for exciting and engaging STEM activities around the country. This searchable database connects parents, students and teachers with local and online STEM activities in real time.

The STARportal is accessible from anywhere, the service is completely free and it will help to engage and inspire our next generation of scientists, inventors and researchers.

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Arthur Sinodinos joined Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel and Engineers Australia CEO Peter McIntyre in Canberra to launch the STARportal at Parliament House, as a part of National Science Week.

The portal was demonstrated by Mr Geoff McNamara, a science teacher and the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prize winner for excellence in secondary science teaching, and two year 9 students from Melrose High School in Canberra.

The Office of the Chief Scientist, working with Engineers Australia, developed STARportal with support from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and some of the nation’s biggest employers. The BHP Billiton Foundation, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Telstra are founding partners in the project, along with the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute.

The STARportal will help to ensure that all Australian families have access to STEM outreach activities in their area and online, and contribute to opening young people’s minds to the world of STEM careers and opportunities.

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