AGL Loy Yang is supporting grade five and six students at Newborough East Primary School (NEPS) in the Latrobe Valley with new robotics and LEGO to strengthen learning in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths).  

The new equipment has been delivered through AGL’s Community Support Fund and will help students develop critical thinking skills through complex, engaging and relevant STEM challenges.

AGL Loy Yang General Manager, Christo van Niekerk said with the rise of new technologies and increased automation, STEM skills have become an essential part of learning.

“We’re proud to support this innovative program and help develop the next generation of skilled STEM specialists,” Mr van Niekerk said.

“This program will help students to discover new ways of thinking and expand their understanding of STEM in a fun learning environment.

“At AGL, we are part of an industry that is transforming - there will always be more to do to meet the needs of our customers and the communities we operate in, and it is our innovative spirit that fuels our journey.

“It is wonderful to see this same philosophy in practice at NEPS and we look forward to growing our partnership and exploring new educational opportunities with schools across the Latrobe Valley."

NEPS STEM program teacher, Fiona Dunne, said the students participate in the design process ‘Question-Imagine-Explore-Design-Create-Test-Improve-Evaluate’ using LEGO and learning to code programs for motors, force, and motion sensors.

“It is critical for students to have positive experiences in science to explore concepts and develop knowledge for future learning in STEM education and careers,” Mrs Dunne said.

“The link to AGL Loy Yang builds upon our school’s value of creating an education community to enhance learning.”

NEPS Principal, Julie Skee, said the new robotics equipment purchased through AGL Loy Yang Community Support Fund has allowed for an additional engaging and educational experience for their students, complementing the inspiring STEM program developed by Mrs Dunne.

The Community Support Fund is part of AGL’s commitment to support our local communities through sponsorships, donations, and grants. The AGL Loy Yang Community Support Fund is currently open and will close on Monday, 4 October 2021.