Students use science to solve problems

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Broome students will be the first in regional WA to tackle real-world issues as part of a global education program set to roll out later this year.

Shell has teamed up with Scitech to launch the NXplorers program, which encourages students to use science, technology, engineering and mathematical thinking to solve problems.

The innovative course was introduced in Perth, but Broome Senior High School and St Mary’s College will be the only regional schools to take part in the project in the State.

Year 9 students at the two schools will look at the connection between food, water and energy in Broome and understand the challenges in order to create solutions.

Scitech will visit the schools initially, with teachers facilitating the program as it rolls out.

It is understood Shell has selected Broome because of its strong presence in the tourist town.

Shell operates the Prelude FLNG Project in the Browse Basin, 425km north of Broome.

Scitech State director Nick Wood said the program could encourage students to pursue a career in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“Broome students will have the opportunity to learn more about community issues and feel empowered to make changes for the better,” he said.

“They will develop complex and creative problem-solving and inter-disciplinary thinking skills, communication, teamwork and presentation skills.

“This will benefit the Broome community in creating a more sustainable future.”

Shell Australia country chairwoman Zoe Yujnovich said the company aimed to equip more young people with the knowledge, understanding and skills “required to tackle tomorrow’s energy challenges today”.

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