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It is rocket science

Under the watchful eye of some of the brightest minds at BAE Systems Australia, South Australian school students will this week learn about aerodynamics through rocket and plane making at the RAAF Base Edinburgh Air Show.
Tomorrow (Friday 8 November) before gates open to the public for the weekend, more than 750 students will have the chance to learn more about future technologies, better understand the skills needed to become part of the next generation of innovators, and explore the careers that are made possible through studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
 
The interactive activities, from learning aerodynamic principals through building and testing rocket models and paper planes, to taking part in virtual reality experiences, aim to inspire students to understand the diverse career paths available through STEM careers in the defence industry.
 
BAE Systems Australia’s activities are part of the broader AstroStem Day 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 programs with academia and industry to increase the pipeline of students studying science, technology, engineering and maths 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.