NBN competition teaches pupils valuable STEM skills

Invermay Primary's William Crawford and Edie Burns, with NBN's Russell Kelly.
Invermay Primary's William Crawford and Edie Burns, with NBN's Russell Kelly.

Invermay Primary School pupils took valuable lessons home from an NBN competition. 

Grade 5 and 6 pupils from the school took part in the NBN Co’s STEM+X competition earlier this year, which saw children from eight Australian schools pitch their idea on how to make the world a better place. 

Their idea was to turn picking up rubbish into an immersive game though a mobile app.

The competition was won by pupils from Darwin’s Leanyer Primary School for an app that helps people in natural disasters through drone-delivered emergency services.

While the Invermay pupils’ idea fell short, a competition report showed that 78 per cent of them now want to work in one of the STEM fields. 

“These subjects are critical to the jobs of tomorrow’s workforce, so it is important we encourage take-up and interest in these subjects by Australian students for their future success,” NBN deployment officer Katherine Dyer said.