Inspiring the future WA leaders of STEM

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The National Youth Science Forum Year 12 Program connects students with STEM opportunities in Western Australia.
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A group of Year 12 students standing outside the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. They are visiting the centre as part of the National Youth Science Forum Year 12 program in 2023.

Year 12 students have toured world-class STEM facilities in Western Australia and networked with industry and education experts to gain a better understanding of the exciting STEM opportunities awaiting them right here in this State.

It’s all part of the National Youth Science Forum’s (NYSF) flagship Year 12 program, which seeks to connect the State’s young science and technology enthusiasts with career and study opportunities in WA’s STEM industries.

"I'm interested in how we can improve the quality of life for people suffering from diseases, hence why I'm drawn to human biology, chemistry, and neuroscience. The visits in Perth definitely drew me into the research side of STEM a lot more after seeing some amazing facilities. I finally got to see what a real-life lab looks like and it definitely sparked my passion to hopefully do research in a lab one day." - 2023 NYSF participant

Sponsored by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, the 2023 program offers students a range of live digital and in-person STEM experiences, including opportunities to:

  • learn about cutting edge STEM research
  • engage with industry partners and research providers
  • learn about university and STEM career pathways, and
  • network with former NYSF participants to further increase their understanding of STEM-related study and career experiences.

The WA STEM Hub also included visits to STEM facilities with the following organisations:

  • The Fugro Australian Space Automation, AI and Robotics Control Complex (SpAARC)
    • Australian Resources Research Centre (ARRC)
  • Defence Science Technology Group
  • GHD
  • Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
  • MPL Laboratories
  • Pawsey Supercomputing Centre
  • Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science
  • Roy Hill ROC-Ed Learning Centre
  • Telethon Kids Institute
  • The University of Western Australia
    • International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
    • Science Communication
  • WA Shipwrecks Museum

Established since 1984, the NYSF Year 12 Program has supported over 14,000 alumni with around 90 per cent going into STEM-related studies and training.