Victoria’s Minister for Education Martin Dixon today joined internationally renowned scientists and educators at the John Monash Science School to discuss the global challenge of engaging more school students in science and maths education.
Speaking at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Symposium, Mr Dixon said engaging school students in maths and science education through school and into higher education was not a new challenge or one unique to Victoria.
“Ensuring maths and science is relevant to Victorian students and something they want to continue to explore once they leave school is a challenge for educators across the world, and we are grateful to be having this discussion with our US colleagues,” Mr Dixon said.
Mr Dixon said strong maths and science education is vital for a strong economy, and leads to growth, productivity and a global competitive advantage.
“Today’s symposium reflects the Victorian Coalition Government’s strong commitment to maths and science education, and our commitment to developing collegiate relationships with leading groups both at home and abroad,” Mr Dixon said.
“This is another step towards lifting student participation and engagement in maths and science education, and encouraging students to pursue careers in these fields through higher education.”
Head of the New York Academy of Sciences Ellis Rubenstein and leading Australian molecular biologist Professor Suzanne Cory AC – who lent her name to Victoria’s newest selective entry high school, Suzanne Cory High School – also attended, along with the directors of Victoria’s six maths and science specialist centres.