The benefits of STEM education was reinforced by key-note speakers David Burns and Aimee Edwards from Battelle Education. Pioneers in the delivery of this model across the US, the pair are playing a leading role in the development of the Sydney Science Park STEM School in Luddenham.
The role of innovation in science, maths and health was also highlighted in panel discussions led by the ABC's Bernie Hobbs and featuring former Australian of the Year and 2Mar Robotics Marita Cheng and Professor Jamie Vandenburg.
Penrith Mayor John Thain said the success of this inaugural event demonstrates a growing interest in these areas, and the significant role innovation will play in the future of Western Sydney.
"It's clear that the Penrith community wants to learn from and be inspired by world-changing innovators, futurists and thought leaders and we're proud to be providing them with this opportunity through the Penrith Talks: Innovation series, "Cr Thain said.
"The next event in this series will profile innovation in business and leadership. More information will be available soon, and when it is I invite anyone with an interest in these areas to register their attendance."
Caption: Penrith Mayor Cr John Thain joined ground-breaking innovators on stage at the inaugural Penrith Talks: Innovation event at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre earlier this week.