On August 10, during National Science Week, Federal Member for Dobell Emma McBride visited Kanwal Public School as part of the CSIRO’s STEM in Schools Program.
Ms McBride, a pharmacist for almost 20 years before entering politics, talked to students about her love of chemistry and choice of career, and then took part in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) activities.
“CSIRO’s education programs bring real-world science to the classroom, helping students build skills important in many careers,” Ms McBride said.
“It was exciting to see the students’ projects and join them in activities like robotics.
“I am particularly keen to encourage girls to study STEM subjects and consider careers in science.
“Girls are less likely to study STEM subjects in senior school, but their results are as good as boys. And women are under-represented in science careers, particularly at senior levels.
“The role of teachers must be recognised, and I would like to acknowledge the teachers at Kanwal Public School for securing a grant from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to establish a ‘Makerspace’ for STEM work.
“Teachers can spark a lifelong interest in STEM, like my chemistry teacher Mr Bruce Helyard, who inspired me to take up a career in pharmacy,” Ms McBride said.