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Video: PM Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools 2018

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Publication Date: 
October 2018

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[Music plays and text appears below the Prime Minister’s Prize logo: Dr Scott Sleap, Cessnock High School, NSW. Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools]

[Image changes to show Dr Scott Sleap and students]

Dr Scott Sleap:

By winning the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools, I hope it’s going to highlight the great work that has been happening in the Cessnock community.

[Image changes to show Dr Scott Sleap seated and talking to the camera and then moves to show the outside of the Cessnock High School building]

Cessnock is a vibrant community, it has a rich heritage in mining, obviously the mining boom has come and gone and we’ve now transitioned more into agriculture, and more broadly, in the advance manufacturing, and particularly with the aerospace industry.

[Image changes to show Dr Scott Sleap entering the school and then moves to show him teaching a small group of people]

My role here is to work with teachers and students to inspire them to be involved in STEM education,

[Image changes to show Dr Scott Sleap assisting a student with a 3D printer]

to be able to develop the skillsets required for them to be able to teach and learn.

[Image changes back to show Dr Scott Sleap seated and talking to the camera]

I’ve been working with groups of schools to ensure that they have activities that allow them to grab that understanding.

[Image changes to show Dr Scott Sleap working with a small group of students on science projects]

Those type of activities are things like the Formula One in Schools Program, the Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival and a whole range of smaller STEM based activities.

[Image changes back to show Dr Scott Sleap seated and talking to the camera]

We’ve got young people who have been struggling with mathematics, and because we are now using robotic technologies, they are better able to actually understand the mathematics.

[Image changes back to show Dr Scott Sleap working with a small group of students]

We use, often, robotic and advance manufacturing techniques so that students understand the type of activities that they would do in industry.

[Image changes to show Dr Scott Sleap standing with an outstretched arm with a computer generated image of an aeroplane sitting above his opened hand]

Part of our programs is young people building model aircraft and racing them.

[Image changes back to show Dr Scott Sleap working with a small group of students]

We know this program is working because in the Hunter Valley we’ve had some of our schools increase the science, technology, engineering and mathematics enrollments by around 20 per cent.

Awards, like the Prime Minister’s Prize, is an important part of recognising the great work that happens in our schools.

[Image changes back to show Dr Scott Sleap holding a model aircraft and talking with a small group of students]

What I really love about my job is being able to make a difference in a young person’s life, and I can do that, not only at this school,

[Image changes back to show the camera zooming in on Dr Scott Sleap]

but I can do it across the state with the programs that I’m working in.

[Music plays and text appears below the Prime Minister’s Prize logo: Dr Scott Sleap, Cessnock High School, NSW. Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools]

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