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We are celebrating International Women's Day (March 8) by releasing a sneak preview compilation from our videos of inspiring female scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs. ...

Western STELR - the brainchild of ATSE Fellow, Professor Barney Glover, Vice Chancellor of Western Sydney University (WSU), a long-time supporter of STELR - launched on 20 February 2018 in Paramatta. The program is a partnership between WSU, ATSE and their NSW Division Committee, the NSW Department of Education and supported by the Institute of Education, University College London. WSU is supporting...

The Guardian has recently reported about researchers in the UK have developed a new polymer to make supercapacitors that could one day replace batteries in electric cars. They claim that the technology could result in electric cars that could travel as far as petrol and diesel vehicles. Another significant advantage is that they could be charged up very quickly; in 10...

Awards of $5000 each are on offer across six categories in this year’s Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. The Peter Doherty awards recognise students, teachers, schools (both state and non-state), volunteers, mentors and organisations that demonstrate an outstanding and innovative contribution to STEM education in Queensland. 2018 marks the 15th year of the awards...

The demand for storage batteries is increasing, both for the storage of renewable energy and to power electric vehicles. While light-weight batteries are important for portable devices and to a lesser extent, electric vehicles, weight and size constrictions are not as important for many stationary storage options. Many Australian companies and universities are leading the way in research and development of alternative...

Virtual Power Plants made the news last week when the South Australian Government announced that it was set to create the world’s largest virtual power plant. The plan is to provide up to 50,000 households with solar panels and a storage battery. The power generated by the households would not be used directly by those households; instead, it would be...

ARENA (the Australian Renewable Energy Agency) and the Australian Government have funded a trial of renewable energy powered classrooms in two schools in NSW. The funding has allowed a company called Hivve Technology Pty Ltd to install prototype classrooms at St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School in Holdsworthy and Dapto High School in Dapto. The classrooms will be equipped with sensors to monitor energy use...

In December last year we reported about students from Casula High going to a maker camp in China. They were part of a team of six young women and two teachers from STELR schools including Casula High, Cabramatta High and East Hills Girls Technical School, representing Australia. Long-time STELR sponsor Orica funded the airfares of the participants. STELR champion Ken Silburn from...

Elon Musk’s battery installation in South Australia reacted within milliseconds when the Loy Yang coal-fired power station went off-line unexpectedly in December. The Tesla battery was able to deliver 100mW almost immediately, so that there was no disruption to the power supply. The Victorian Government has recently signed an agreement for 20 megawatt battery to accompany a proposed 204 megawatt wind farm near...