Building the next generation of STEM

Tuesday, 15 March, 2016

Queensland-based industry body Women in Technology (WiT) is launching STEMed — a one-day festival of education for the future.

Open to all ages, the event will be jam-packed with inspiration, interactive sessions, childminding, age-appropriate tech activities and a trade exhibition showcasing the latest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The aim of the festival is to prepare our youth for the 75% of jobs in the future that will require STEM skills.

“STEMed is about equipping educators, parents and our kids with the skills, confidence and knowledge to embrace where STEM will take us in the future,” said WiT President Fiona Hayes.

“Robots, entrepreneurship, coding, social media, gaming, app development and 3D printing are set to be hot topics over the action-packed one-day event.”

The event will also feature keynote speaker David Bartlett — former Premier of Tasmania, Minister for Education and Skills and Minister for Innovation, Science and Technology — who will speak about building the next generation. Bartlett serves as the adviser, co-founder and non-executive director of a number of tech start-ups and advises industry sectors and governments on how to plan for digital disruption.

The event will be held on 29 May at the Royal International Convention Centre. For more information and to book tickets, visit

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