New school guide offers hundreds of programmes for young innovators

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, is excited for school students in Pearce who will now have unprecedented access to more than 250 entrepreneurial, science, digital technology, engineering and mathematics programmes with the release of the SPI (STEM Programme Index) 2016.

The SPI (STEM Programme Index) 2016 is a new guide which is effectively a one-stop catalogue of innovative initiatives provided by businesses, universities, government and non-government agencies and was compiled by the Australian Industry Group and the Office of the Chief Scientist, as part of the STEM Skills Partnerships programme.

“Many of the jobs of the future do not yet exist,” Mr Porter said.

“While on one hand that might sound a little scary, it’s also a time of tremendous excitement and opportunity.

“We owe it to our young people, the future drivers of prosperity, to embed the skills they need not just to survive but to thrive in our transitioning economy.

“That means a cultural shift to embracing innovation and entrepreneurialism from early childhood to high school and positioning our classrooms at the cutting edge of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

“SPI 2016 is an invaluable kick-starter, bringing together hundreds of inventive programmes from agencies and organisations with a flair and passion for innovation.

“I urge all local principals and schools leaders to get involved in these great opportunities as we prepare, encourage and motivate our students of today to be the innovators of tomorrow.”

SPI can be downloaded at