STELR celebrates 500 schools

Victoria University Secondary College, in Melbourne’s suburban Deer Park, today (21 March) officially signed on as the 500th school in the national STELR program.

With the support of Orica, VUSC students will now be able to engage fully with STELR as part of the national campaign by the ATSE to get Australian secondary students interested in science and technology courses and careers.

VUSC Principal Ms Genevieve Simson received a certificate of appreciation from ATSE CEO Dr Margaret Hartley FTSE and Orica’s Company Secretary and Group Executive Corporate Service  Ms Kirsten Gray to mark the occasion, which was attended by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO FTSE and Victoria’s Lead Scientist Dr Leonie Walsh FTSE.

Guests were able to watch the VUSC students using the STELR equipment at the event. 

Ms Gray said: "STELR is all about enthusing students and helping lead more young people towards STEM related careers; careers that are critical to companies like Orica, the world's leading supplier of explosives to the mining industry.

"As founding and major sponsors we have supported the program generally and been active in bringing STELR to schools in the communities in which we and our customers operate across Australia and into the Asia Pacific region. This synergy between Orica's commitment to science and technology and our commitment to host communities is perfectly illustrated today at Victoria University Secondary College in Deer Park, the birthplace of Orica."