Port Stephens Council will bring a host of new activities to Anna Bay’s Robinson Reserve this spring and summer until new facilities are constructed. The first event will see Council support Youth Express to connect with local kids interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) through the STEAM Shack these school holidays.
Based on a variety of fun and interactive activities, the STEAM Shack – Permission to Play was initiated by the Federal Government’s Building our Future Fund and features mini drones, virtual reality and robotics to engage kids and build skills for the future.
Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer says Council is pleased to support this exciting initiative:
“Council is always looking for ways to support our local communities, especially where we can add real value at a grassroots level. Many of our local kids have unique talents and skills that, with the right nurturing, can grow into real passions and deliver incredible results for the whole community.
“The reality is that we need to invest in STEAM subjects to reinvigorate learning; however many of the tools to support this are expensive and difficult to obtain. This is where an innovative program like the Youth Express STEAM Shack really shines – by bringing access and learning opportunities to kids regardless of location,” Mayor Palmer said.
Youth Express CEO Julie Eldridge says the support from Port Stephens Council has only enhanced the service:
“It’s fantastic to see an organisation like Port Stephens Council actively seeking out opportunities to support local programs like our STEAM Shack project. It’s a unique program that can encourage kids to learn something new in a fun and playful way.
“Council’s support will directly benefit local young people in their skill development journey,” she added.
The Youth Express STEAM Shack will be located in Port Stephens these school holidays at Anna Bay’s Robinson Reserve on October 4 and 11 from 10am to 1pm respectively. The STEAM Shack is open to all, no bookings are required.
For more information on the STEAM Shack please contact Youth Express on 4931 2777.