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New STEM app coming for pre-schoolers on the Mid-North Coast

A new app focused on encouraging an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is on its way for pre-schoolers on the Mid-North Coast, according to the Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie.

Following the positive feedback from a trial using apps to teach pre-schoolers another language, the Federal Liberal-Nationals Government will look to replicate that success with an app to inspire young Australians’ interest in science and technology as part of its Innovation and Science Agenda.


Dr Gillespie said the languages app had great feedback in its initial trial and looked forward to the expansion of the trial in more locations like the Mid-North Coast.


“The Federal Liberal-Nationals Government is spending $2.5 million to expand the trial of the Polygots languages app for pre-schools, with the almost 1,000 schools that applied to be part of the trial but were unsuccessful now having the opportunity to apply in 2016,” Dr Gillespie said.


Dr Gillespie said based on the success of the ELLA trial and as part of the Innovation and Science Agenda the Government would develop a similar STEM-focused app.


“We know that around 75 per cent of the fastest-growing industries require STEM-related skills, so our Government has committed $6 million as part of the Innovation and Science Agenda to develop a STEM-focused app to ensure Australia’s youngest minds develop an interest in those fields,” Dr Gillespie said.


“We understand that Australian families want educational tools in a form that works for them and their children and at a time, as early as possible in life, that helps build a life-long interest.


“I’m looking forward to seeing the languages and STEM apps in places like the Mid-North Coast and the exciting opportunities they present.”


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