An evaluation report of our Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools program shows that it's a highly effective program in terms of the scale of its operation, the multiple significant benefits for students, teachers and STEM professionals, and the clear return on investment of resources.
We know that science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects are essential to fostering innovation and critical thinking – a recent report from Australia’s Chief Scientist highlighted this. Yet, student participation in STEM subjects is declining and this means Australia is lagging behind.
SMiS is a major national program involving many teachers, students and scientists, mathematicians and ICT professionals. It not only has presence in a large number of schools but is significant as an exemplar for a national agenda in bringing schools and STEM professionals together in collaborative arrangements.
The Building Productive Partnerships for STEM Education: Evaluating the model and outcomes of the Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools program 2015 report shows that SMiS is a highly effective program in terms of the scale of its operation as a significant part of the Australian STEM education scene, the multiple significant benefits for students, teachers and STEM professionals, and the clear return on investment of resources. The program is funded by the Australian Government and CSIRO, and managed by CSIRO.
SMiS professional partnerships change perceptions of what a STEM professional is and what they do, making the skills and careers relevant for young and curious minds.
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