Duncan Challen - Celestino | Dr Kate Hadwen - Pymble Ladies' College | Tanya Davies MP at PLC on Wednesday 22 July, 2020

The partnership will support delivery of transformative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning to create a better future for students, teachers and the community.

Set over 287 hectares within the Western Sydney Aerotropolis in Luddenham, Sydney Science Park will be an internationally recognised epicentre for research, development, commercialisation and innovation.

The education partnership with Pymble Ladies’ College is part of the park’s successful collaboration with CSIRO to deliver Australia's first Urban Living Lab.

As a designated CSIRO Urban Living Lab, Sydney Science Park aims to challenge business-as-usual urban development by improving the resilience, sustainability and liveability of Australian cities and towns. In particular, it provides the platform to build a city that is fit for the future with places to test and monitor innovations and new technologies under real world conditions.

Pymble will be the first independent girls’ school to partner with Sydney Science Park, with Year 10 Elective Geography students working on real-life challenges including urban greening, energy and water demand, future mobility considerations and community wellbeing.

Pymble Principal Dr Kate Hadwen said the partnership gives students the opportunity to practise field work in urban planning, architecture, science, health, energy and water.

“The girls will meet with industry specialists and participate in activation events, industry panels, mentoring, think tanks, research in the field, ideation sprints and a solution festival,” Dr Hadwen says.

Dr Hadwen said that through the partnership, the school will align with industry experts to better understand the transferable skills Pymble students need to be successful in their future careers, and realise their hopes, aspirations and true potential.

“Our long-term vision is to collaborate with industry and other educational institutions to co-create micro-credentials that could be entry points for university or offer opportunities for internships with employers,” Dr Hadwen said.

Pymble students will gain authentic, real-world project-based learning as part of a well-rounded holistic educational perspective.

“It’s part of our vision to create real world connections with industry to create a better future for our students from Kindergarten right through to Year 12.”

Celestino CEO John Vassallo said he was delighted to formally acknowledge the education partnership with Pymble.

“The vision for the Sydney Science Park was to create an environment that will support learning through challenge and disruption.

“Because of our ‘whole-of-city’ perspective and the excellent collaborations we have with UTS and CSIRO, this is the ideal platform to experiment, test current thinking and encourage creativity and ingenuity,” he said.

Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies, also set to attend the partnership launch event applauded the collaborative venture.

“Western Sydney is fast becoming the epicentre for science, research, innovation and industry providing opportunities, pathways and careers for generations now and into the future,” Tanya Davies said.

“This is a terrific opportunity and I look forward to schools across western Sydney – public high schools and independent schools – getting involved in this innovative and exciting opportunity at Sydney Science Park.”