Manning, Great Lakes, Gloucester and Dungog Rotary clubs form science company

Rotary used to run the Science and Engineering Challenge in partnership with the University of Newcastle that schools like Gloucester high used to attend.
Rotary used to run the Science and Engineering Challenge in partnership with the University of Newcastle that schools like Gloucester high used to attend.

Rotary clubs in the Manning, Great Lakes, Gloucester and Dungog are working together to bring affordable science activities to local schools.

A company has been formed with the primary objective to deliver these activities at no cost to all primary and secondary schools in the Mid Coast area.

A number of scientific activities have been designed and will be tested with the Dungog High School.

"The university has increased the costs of this program so now it is unaffordable for the schools in our area, many of which are classified as disadvantaged," Neil Hanington, community services director with the Rotary Club of Taree, said.

The company, RYSTEM Engagement Midcoast Inc - Rural Youth Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, was formed with the Rotary clubs of Dungog, Gloucester, Great Lakes, Lower MidCoast, Taree, Taree on Manning, Taree North and Wingham as the shareholders with Taree Rotary's community services director acting as the public officer.