This week marked six months since Wheatbelt Science Hub (WSH) became a formal regional science hub, linking into the Inspiring Australia initiative. Reflecting back on the highlights, since the 1st of December 2015 WSH has:
- established the wheatbelt in a state-wide network of regional hubs
- run seven events in Northam, Merredin and Toodyay with 14 event partners
- engaged 1,000 wheatbelt community members in free STEM activities
- developed a basic website now averaging 90 unique visitors per week
- doubled our followers on social media and increased newsletter subscribers by four times (more people thinking about STEM in the wheatbelt)
- increased the wheatbelt profile through Science Network WA
- developed key projects for the future and applied for funding
- presented at the 2016 Wheatbelt Conference in Narrogin.
To mark the milestone, today WSH launched a new upgraded events calendar. The online system will allow any group or organisation running a STEM-related event in the wheatbelt to list their event on our website.
Explaining the reason for the initiative, Project Manager Rhiannon Bristow-Stagg said Wheatbelt Science Hub are aiming to develop a central source of online STEM information for the wheatbelt.
“As a not for profit volunteer group ourselves, we understand the challenges resourcing and promoting initiatives in a large region,” she said. “If you can tell us what events and activities you are doing, we can more effectively support and promote your work. Also, the information can be more easily located and picked up by the media.”
The service will be offered free for government, not-for-profit, and community groups running events and activities in the wheatbelt. It is open to all Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines. To submit your event or activity simply visit the current events page, click on the “submit event” button and follow the instructions. If you would like further information you can contact Wheatbelt Science Hub on [email protected]
Wheatbelt Science Hub are also seeking funding partnerships to carry out their work across the region. For more information please contact us. The hub’s strategic plan is available to view on our website.