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It is rocket science

Under the watchful eye of some of the brightest minds at BAE Systems Australia, Victorian school students will this week learn how to make rockets and code robots at the Avalon International Air Show.
Over the five day event, more than 1200 students will have the chance to learn more about what it takes to become the Company’s next generation of innovators, and the technologies they could work on if they pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM).
 
All of the activities, from learning aerodynamic principals through building and testing rocket models, coding a robot to complete challenges and taking part in virtual reality experiences, allow students to understand the diverse career paths within BAE Systems and elsewhere in the defence industry.
 
BAE Systems Australia’s activities are part of the broader AstroStem AIR4 tent which aims to introduce students to career opportunities in a fun and interactive way.
 
BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive Gabby Costigan said:
 
“It is important that the defence industry steps up to do more to inspire the next generation of Australian scientists, engineers and innovators.
 
“We are building capacity in the jobs of the future through partnering with programs to help Australia keep pace with growing demand for skills in STEM.
 
“STEM based roles make up 60% of our workforce in Australia. Not only are these talent pools in scarce supply globally, they are predicted to shrink further which is why we must contribute to the development of diverse STEM talent.”
 
BAE Systems Australia supports a range of educational and community programs designed to challenge stereotypes, excite and equip young people about future careers in STEM.