In a move to inspire young students to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, Bosch Australia has launched “Learn@Bosch”, a program designed for Year 6 Primary School students.
As part of the program, Bosch will provide real-world and inspiring context for learning. Rather than sending employees out to schools, Bosch Australia will invite students to visit its Clayton headquarters to experience first-hand industry applications of STEM.
The Learn@Bosch program will address the questions of “Why?” and “How?” STEM education is applied in the context of day-to-day lives through an interactive and fun tour, featuring augmented reality, highly automated driving, robotics, the factory of the future and 3D printing.
This is complimented by a 45-minute onsite coding class facilitated by the Monash University Chapter of “Robogals” – a student run organisation that aims to inspire and empower young women to consider studying engineering and related fields.
Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel, who attended the launch, noted the important role that industry leaders can play in opening doors to opportunity through education.
“The key to inspiring our children to aim high is to let them experience science in a real-world context: tackling problems, improving our lives,” Dr Finkel said.
Current bookings will see over 1,000 students attend Learn@Bosch in 2018. However, Bosch Australia recognise the importance of building continued engagement with the students to extend their STEM journey.
Bosch Australia President, Gavin Smith, said: “In a tech company as diverse as Bosch, the learning opportunities are limited only by the imagination.”
There are plans for future sessions to include the Internet of Things, smart agriculture and hydraulics – all geared towards sparking enthusiasm for STEM.