Over 1,200 school students have been given the chance to learn how to build rockets and code autonomous tools at Avalon Airshow, under supervision by BAE Systems Australia.
The Victorian students will learn about "what it takes to become the company's next generation of innovators", as well as the technologies they could pursue in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM).
“We are building capacity in the jobs of the future through partnering with programs to help Australia keep pace with growing demand for skills in STEM," said BAE Systems Australia chief executive Gabby Costigan.
“STEM based roles make up 60 per cent 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.”
The activities offered range from learning aerodynamic principals to building and testing rocket models, which BAE said will allow students to gain an insight into career paths in the company and elsewhere in the defence and space industries.
The activities are part of the AstroStem AIR4 tent, which "aims to introduce students to career opportunities in a fun and interactive way".
“It is important that the defence industry steps up to do more to inspire the next generation of Australian scientists, engineers and innovators," Costigan said.
BAE Sytems Australia supports a range of educational and community programs designed to "challenge stereotypes, excite and equip young people about future careers in STEM".
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