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STEM MAD National 2023: Celebrating Innovation and Catholic Values in Education

Catholic Network Australia's STEM MAD National event wrapped up in Melbourne last week, leaving a trail of excitement, inspiration, and a whole lot of innovative ideas! This annual showcase celebrates the best and brightest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education from Catholic schools across Australia.

What is STEM MAD National?

STEM MAD stands for "Making a Difference," and the event goes beyond just showcasing cool science projects. It's about encouraging students to use their STEM skills to tackle real-world problems and make a positive impact on the world. This aligns perfectly with Catholic values of social justice, care for creation, and acting for the common good.

Highlights of the Event

This year's event was truly remarkable, with students presenting projects on a wide range of topics, from sustainable energy solutions to robotics applications in healthcare. Here are just a few highlights:

·  Primary School Category: ‘The Safelet’ from All Saint’s (Albany Creek, QLD)

·  Secondary School Category: ‘AI Lung Scanner’ from Marymount College (Springfield, SA)

·  Future is STEM Primary School Category: ‘Biotricity’ from St. Angela’s Primary School (Castle Hill, NSW)

·  Future is STEM Secondary School Category: ‘ETFC’ from St Mary’s College (Maryborough, QLD)

For the complete list of awards, visit

Beyond the Competition

While the competition is a central part of STEM MAD National, the event is about much more than just winning awards. It's a platform for students to connect with each other, share their ideas, and be inspired by the work of their peers. There were workshops, guest speakers, and even a robotics challenge, all designed to foster collaboration and creativity.

The Impact of STEM MAD National

STEM MAD National is not just a one-off event. It's a catalyst for change. By showcasing the potential of STEM education in Catholic schools, the event encourages schools to invest in STEM programs and resources. It also inspires students to pursue careers in STEM fields, where they can use their skills to make a real difference in the world.

Looking Ahead

The 2023 STEM MAD National event was a resounding success, and we can't wait to see what next year brings. With the ever-evolving landscape of STEM and the increasing importance of addressing global challenges, Catholic schools are well-positioned to play a leading role in preparing students for the future. Events like STEM MAD National are crucial in nurturing the next generation of innovators and changemakers who will use their talents to build a more just and sustainable world.

If your school hasn’t yet joined, get involved by encouraging your local Catholic school to participate in the event.

If you're interested in learning more about STEM MAD National, visit

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