AWS’ dedicated learning hub for Thinking Big in STEAM-related careers

AWS’ dedicated learning hub for Thinking Big in STEAM-related careers

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Imagine having a dedicated learning environment, which provides students with the ability to explore an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) – especially for girls.

This crucial aspect can help to shape the student of today, into the career-minded individual of tomorrow in the sector.

And that’s exactly what Amazon Web Services (AWS) is aiming to achieve, with the launch of Australia’s first Think Big Space at Blacktown Girls High School in Sydney.

“Through the space, the girls can explore the different technologies, to really think about what is possible that they can build, and also be exposed to coaches and mentors,” Michelle Hardie, AWS Head of Strategy recently revealed to Ticker Insight.

“AWS has donated laptops, video conferencing tools, robotics equipment, machine learning artificial intelligence technologies, and Lego robotics.”

“It’s an important part of a grassroots approach that cultivates that greater interest in STEAM, amongst students of all ages and their local communities.”

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FUTURE PLANNING

To illustrate the importance, Hardie outlined the enormity of keeping Australia and Australians up-to-date with technological advancements, proving how needed this program is.

“Some recent research shows that 3.7 million Australians need to undertake digital skills training within the next year alone, to help our country keep pace with technological advancements,” Hardie added. “The Think Big Space is one way that we can help to bridge the digital skills gap.

“And it’s important to cultivate that interest from a young age. We need more young people to take a vested interest in STEAM skills.”

This sentiment has also been echoed by Blacktown City Councillor Julie Griffiths.

“Over the coming decades, the demand for skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is going to grow at a rate we have never seen before,” Griffiths said in a statement. “That’s why I believe it’s so important to support girls into programs from a young age.

“This hub will empower our young women to nurture their talents and give them the opportunity to inspire younger girls to follow in their footsteps.”

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HELPING THE COMMUNITY

The AWS Head of Stretegy revealed even though the hub will be based at Blacktown Girls High School in Western Sydney, neighbouring schools and children will also be encouraged to attend. saying it was due to the

“Neighbouring schools also have the opportunity to access the Think Big Space…as part of the community outreach program,” she continued. “The school was chosen due to initiatives that nurture digital skills amongst young people, in particular girls.”

“We’ll be using the Think big space to host interactive guest speaker steam workshops, covering topics from robotics to coding.

“So lots of exciting things that really extend both to the students of Blacktown Girls High School as well as the local community,” concluded Hardie.

For more information about STEAM and the Think Big Space, head to the AWS InCommunities website.

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