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Media Release: AgriTECH goes west – AgriTECH Education Innovation workshops Lake Cargelligo

More than 120 primary and high school students from Lake Cargelligo Central School, Condobolin Public School and Euabalong West Public School participated in the AgriTECH Education Innovation Workshops held at Lake Cargelligo Central School earlier this month.

The STEM Industry School Partnership Program partnered with CQ University to deliver the workshop. Researchers and Industry experts led students through a range of exciting technology, science and design thinking activities around agriculture.

Students learnt skills such as how to test the sweetness of fruit using a refractometer, tracking animal movement and activity using accelerometers and solving real world problems in agriculture by using design thinking.

The workshop helps to increase the knowledge and skills of primary and high school students in emerging agri-tech and to encourage students to consider a career in Agriculture.

This workshop is the first to take place in Lake Cargelligo under the STEM Industry School Partnership (SISP) Program, Regional Development Australia (RDA) Central West is working with the NSW Department of Education to implement the STEM Industry School Partnerships (SISP) program in the Central West.

Funded by the NSW Department of Education SISP matches primary and secondary schools with region-specific industry partners and provides industry-specific technology programs to make classroom learning real world relevant and engaging. The program provides primary and high school students in regional areas with age appropriate STEM skills and pathways to potentially local STEM jobs.