Snowy Hydro boosts STEMeducation in 27 local schools

Students across 27 schools will benefit from Snowy Hydro’s Local School STEM Fund program. PHOTO: Supplied

IN 2024, thousands of students across 27 schools will benefit from Snowy Hydro’s Local School STEM Fund program. 

In its second year, the targeted funding is providing a substantial $220,265.83 across 18 locations in the Snowy Mountains and Cessnock regions of New South Wales. 

Snowy Hydro CEO Dennis Barnes said the Local School STEM Fund provides opportunities for students to engage in real-world problem-solving that may otherwise not be possible in regional schools. 

“We know the more opportunities we can provide for students to experience the hands-on application and diversity of STEM, the more they will appreciate the value of studying the relevant subjects,” Dennis said. 

“We want to encourage young people to pursue rewarding and fulfilling STEM careers.” 

“As part of Snowy Hydro’s ongoing commitment to education, we are supporting a diverse range of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths STEM  initiatives in local schools.”

Successful funding applications in 2024 include STEM-focused projects such as micro-bit and Smart City Kits, coding kits, a Solar Buddies program, plastics recycling initiatives, STEM excursions, VEX robotics clubs, equipment for race car design, STEM camps and excellence programs. 

This year, responding to the resounding success of the 2023 program, Snowy Hydro is extending its STEM funding support to include schools in the Cessnock Local Government Area LGA.

With this expansion, Snowy Hydro now provides opportunities to schools within Towong, Snowy Valleys, Snowy Monaro, and Cessnock LGAs. 

This broader reach recognises Snowy Hydro’s commitment to fostering a strong STEM education environment, which is essential for preparing students for future careers in technology, engineering, and renewable energy. 

While only in its second year, the Local School STEM Fund has already encouraged collaboration among eligible schools, expanded individual initiatives, and developed local competitions. Snowy Hydro looks forward to fostering further growth and engagement in STEM-related fields, ensuring students have the skills and experiences necessary for their future success. 

The next round of the Local School STEM Fund will open in early 2025. 

For more information about Snowy Hydro’s Local School STEM Fund, visit

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