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Local schools make their mark in science, technology and mathematics innovation.



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Media release 25 July 2005

LOCAL SCHOOLS MAKE THEIR MARK IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MATHEMATICS INNOVATION The Nationals Member for Riverina Kay Hull today announced a number of local schools have been selected as part of the Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) Project.

Mrs Hull said round one of the project will see clusters of schools and non-school partner organisations receive funding of between $20,000 and $120,000.

“A number of local schools have been selected under this program, including a cluster of schools including Cootamundra High School, Cootamundra Public School, E A Southee Public School at Cootamundra, Stockinbingal Public School and Wallendbeen Public School,” Mrs Hull said.

“This project, “Fostering Science in a Rural Community” will receive $39,416 in funding to encourage appreciation of science.

“St Mary’s School at Hay will join with a number of schools from the electorates of Parkes and Farrer to concentrate on promoting mathematics in schools. This project will receive $102,989.

“Being selected to participate in the ASISTM project is a considerable achievement and I congratulate these schools for their willingness to take on this significant leadership role in the local community.”

Mrs Hull said ASISTM project is part of the Australian Government’s Boosting Innovation, Science, Technology and Mathematics Teaching Program. Over the seven-year life of the program the Australian Government is providing $33.7 million in funding for around 500 cluster initiatives.

“I congratulate all of the schools on their success and I look forward to seeing the results of the ASISTM project,” Mrs Hull said.

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For further information please contact Katie Brunskill on 02 6921 4600 or 0428-214 600.