The STEM Community Partnerships Program

The STEM Community Partnerships Program (STEM CPP) invites students to participate in STEM inquiry based projects to address challenges faced by the local community and are given privileged access to a variety of local STEM businesses and role models, providing valuable insight into local STEM pathways.

The program involves activities for students in Years 9 and 10, facilitated by their teachers and school. Implementation is flexible, to enable school and student requirements to be met.

Students may participate in any or all of the following activities:

  • STEM inquiry projects that are relevant to the local community based on CSIRO’s Creativity in Research, Engineering, Science and technology (CREST) Awards program
  • A STEM mentor available for teacher support  through the STEM Professionals in Schools program
  • Visits to STEM workplaces in the region for selected students
  • STEM related work experience opportunities for selected studentsAttendance of local industry STEM career day
  • Masterclasses to assist with STEM projects and work experiences
  • Annual showcase of STEM inquiry projects
  • A minimum commitment of two years is recommended for schools to ensure the program has the desired impact.

Launching STEM CPP in Western Sydney

The first place that the program will be implemented is in Western Sydney. Major industry developments in Western Sydney will generate 200,000 new STEM jobs in the region over the next 20 years. Generation STEM empowers local young people with the relevant STEM skills, to take advantage of this once-in-a-generation opportunity and pursue a highly a rewarding STEM career in Western Sydney.

The ambition is to build a strong community of STEM-capable citizens would will be able to live, learn and play in Western Sydney.

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