'Belt and Road' Teenager Maker Camp & Teacher Workshop

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In December last year we reported about students from Casula High going to a maker camp in China. They were part of a team of six young women and two teachers from STELR schools including Casula High, Cabramatta High and East Hills Girls Technical School, representing Australia. Long-time STELR sponsor Orica funded the airfares of the participants. STELR champion Ken Silburn from Casula High handled the logistics

Jointly hosted by Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China and China Association for Science and Technology, this workshop aimed to strengthen communication and cooperation between China and countries along the belt and road, and inspire innovation in the young generation.

One hundred and twenty young people attended the workshop from four continents and 17 countries: Kazakhstan, Iran, India, Pakistan, Tunisia, Kampuchea, Australia, Vietnam, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Turkey, Thailand, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and China.

Teacher Julie Piesse from Cabramatta High School delivered a presentation to the teachers on STEM in Australia, highlighting STELR’s importance. STELR donated two Wind Energy kits that were given to the teams from Indonesia and Uzbekistan.

We all absolutely LOVED the trip. The students enjoyed meeting with like-minded students from many countries, were thoroughly engaged and astounded with the STEM activities and facilities provided to us during our stay.
We felt extremely privileged to attend. The whole trip was professionally run; our only recommendation for any improvement would have been to have stayed longer!

Julie Piesse.