Minister for Regional Communications Senator Bridget McKenzie has congratulated the winning school of NBN Co's STEM+X initiative, a national technology competition showcasing the benefits that fast and reliable broadband can offer to everyday learning.
The winning students from Darwin's Leanyer Primary proposed an idea to tackle weather-related disaster issues, harnessing the power of 21st century communications to connect communities through the use of an app and solar powered phone cases.
Speaking from the winning school, Minister McKenzie said the competition is opening up a world of learning opportunities and provides a platform for schools to explore how technology and connectivity can help develop problem solving skills for the real world.
'I am pleased to be here to see first-hand the exciting possibilities that access to fast and reliable internet can have in our classrooms,' Minister McKenzie said.
'Every school should have access to 21st century communication services. That's why the Government is investing more than ever before to deliver broadband to regional and remote communities, so our future leaders can develop the skills they need to confidently take on the jobs of the future.'
'These students have increased their understanding of how the internet can assist with their STEM learning, from 53 percent to an outstanding 93 percent of those who participated. 78 percent of these students said they are somewhat, to highly likely, to pursue a career in STEM, and that's really exciting.'
The NBN rollout is almost 100 percent complete in regional and remote areas and the rollout is on track to be completed in 2020, providing fast broadband internet to all Australian homes and businesses.
For more information on the rollout and the STEM+X initiative visit: www.nbnco.com.au.
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