FUNDING SCHEME: Dalby SHS will put the funding towards future programs.
FUNDING SCHEME: Dalby SHS will put the funding towards future programs. Ebony Graveur

David Littleproud fosters STEM with new funding scheme

MP DAVID Littleproud is making moves to foster innovation in the classrooms of local schools by pledging $5000 worth of funding to Dalby State High School.

The funds will go towards science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as agricultural studies.

"Dalby State High School will use this $5000 funding to buy materials, trolleys, trays and a 3D printer so students can make various electronic components for use in agriculture and science,” Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said.

"Students will explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering and maths and apply these theories to projects that involve robotics, like GPS trackers on cattle.”

The $29.8 million Inspiring Australia science program provided the funding as part of the Coalition's $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda.

The program, alongside the government's rational economic plan, has generated 1.25 million jobs since 2013.

The program is expected to create an additional 1.25 million jobs between now and 2024, as well as enhance the students' skills in the STEM areas.

This will co-ordinate with the Women Who Weld program, which promotes the importance of hiring women in male-dominated fields.

"Mathematics and science skills are essential for our economic prosperity and harnessing this knowledge in Maranoa is important for the future prosperity of the region,” Mr Littleproud said.

"We know that 75 per cent of future jobs will require these skills, and this program introduces young people to STEM, allowing them to learn useful skills that can lead to rewarding careers in Maranoa.”

School principal Dr Dean Russell said the funding would be instrumental for a renewed initiative being run at the Bunya campus of the high school called Ag Innovate.

"It's basically a full-time program for students where they do a variety of vocational programs and academic studies,” Dr Russell said.

"I can see the $5000 will be a very useful injection into that program in terms of providing state of the art resources for the kids.”