25 October 2017
Victorian kids will have the opportunity to engage with the world of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) before their first birthday and beyond.
A new $2.5 million exhibition designed for children under 5 is one of a suite of new STEM-focused experiences at Scienceworks which are being developed by Museums Victoria to prepare young Victorians for a science and technology-led future.
Opening in December, the Ground Up exhibition will focus on construction to introduce small children to real world skills in an unreal space.
It will be followed next year by a new $3.75 million immersive exhibition for secondary school age and beyond, to engage young adults in science through revealing the invisible world of wave forms.
These two new permanent exhibitions will be complemented by a series of workshops, outreach programs and professional development resources to support formal and informal STEM education across Victoria.
In addition, Museums Victoria has appointed eleven Scienceworks ambassadors, ten of whom are women, to inspire the next generation, particularly young girls. They include a biological scientist, a construction engineer, a cognitive neuroscientist and a toxicologist.
The new initiatives have been developed to help young Victorians meet the challenge of a future in which an increasing number of jobs will depend on STEM skills and to also inspire engagement as enrolment in science and technology subjects at schools and universities is decreasing.
With the inclusion of strong female role models and activities suited to girls’ learning styles, the new experiences also seek to overcome the gender disparity when it comes to both pursuing study and careers in STEM.