PFi, an Brisbane-based advanced manufacturing company, has announced it has joined a partnership with global space giant Northrop Grumman to bring the Science of Rockets STEM Program to schools from January 2020.
The companies said that the strategic partnership represents both parties’ commitment to global STEM education to benefit both advanced manufacturing and space industries, and that the Science of Rockets STEM education program will inspire students to pursue careers in the emerging space industry and support Queensland’s advanced manufacturing capabilities.
“We are proud to support PFi and the Queensland government on their outstanding STEM education efforts for Australian youth,” said Chris Deeble, chief executive of Northrop Grumman Australia.
“Northrop Grumman is deeply committed to engaging, exciting and inspiring the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce through STEM education initiatives, such as the Science of Rockets program."
“It's very exciting to be in PFi’s facility here today in Brisbane to announce the next stage in the development of the space industry in Queensland," said Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.
“We welcome this partnership between a great Queensland company and a company that took two men to the surface of the moon. [Together they] are going to take technology developed and design here in Queensland to schools across our state and we hope to schools across the world.”
The Science of Rockets is an education program that focuses on developing skills rather than grades – providing a new way for students to learn. Students get to step away from their textbooks and instead play, manipulate and experiment with advanced rocket technology.
In the process, students are gaining practical use of a wide range of STEM skills and how to combine them in fun and innovative ways.
The Science of Rockets will commence in high schools and expand into universities and technical colleges.
By literally teaching students how to fire rockets, the Science of Rockets aims to ignite student’s confidence and curiosity in STEM-based learning.
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