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  . STELR would like to congratulate all the winners of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes. In particular, we congratulate Dr Scott Sleap who won the Prize for Excellence in Secondary Education. Scott has been a champion of the STELR program since 2013 when he started working with Regional Development Australia– Hunter (RDA Hunter) to build a curriculum model that integrates...

Applications for funding from the Aurizon Community Giving Fund close on 26 October 2018. Not-for-profit organisations such as schools can apply for grants of up to $20,000 in five different areas including education and the environment, which align with the STELR principles. The eligible organisations/programs need to be located in areas where Aurizon operates: North Queensland Central Queensland South East Queensland South...

We are very happy and proud to report that Orica‘s Bontang facility was awarded three trophies at the 2018 Indonesian Sustainable Development Goals Award Ceremony at an event in Jakarta in September. While Orica has sponsored STELR into Australian schools since 2008, Orica Bontang came on board in 2015. The awards recognise their commitment to corporate social responsibility through its involvement with...

Yesterday, Dr Megan Clark AC visited the Academy’s offices in Melbourne to record a podcast about the Australian Space Agency, which she heads. Dr Clark, who is a Fellow of the Academy, spoke with head of communications Dr David Glanz about her visions for this new initiative and for the future of the Australian space industry. You can listen to the...

Academy Fellow, Prof Graeme Clark pioneered the cochlear implant 40 years ago. As reported in the Australian Financial Review,  the company that he helped to start, Cochlear, is undertaking clinical trials on a fully implantable hearing device. The company hopes that this will be the next big breakthrough in ‘bionic ear’ technology, allowing users to wear their device 24-hours a day...

On Sunday 21 October, ten wind farms around Australia will be throwing open their gates to the public for a range of fun and informative open day events. Wind energy is playing a major part as Australia transitions towards a renewable energy future, and so far in 2018 has wind contributed approximately $2 billion in investment and created over 2,000 jobs. Wind Farm...

While global warming and the energy crisis threaten our planet’s future, the odds don’t faze University of Newcastle lecturer in chemical engineering Dr Jessica Allen. Step by step, Dr Allen and her team are reinventing the way we produce energy and materials – with the potential for a profound positive impact on our environment. Our current energy system, in Australia and globally,...

Bernard Hodson, the designer and manufacturer of STELR equipment, passed away on Friday 7 September. Without Bernard’s enthusiasm, insights, contributions and support, STELR would not be the success that it is today. Students and teachers are always full of praise for the STELR equipment packs. Bernard made inquiry-based STEM activities fun and easy to do. Bernard, through his company IEC, designed and manufactured high-grade and reliable school...

Seen recently installed in a park in the Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda, these lamp posts have solar panels mounded on the four faces of their posts....