Since the inception of STEM Professionals in Schools, ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the program has been conducted to measure the impact of the program.

STEM Professionals in Schools is recognized as Australia’s leading national STEM education volunteering program. Since its inception in 2007, the program has facilitated almost 6,000 partnerships and on average reaches over 60,000 students per year.

The program’s most recent evaluation report Building Productive Partnerships for STEM Education: Evaluating the model and outcomes of the Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools program 2015 shows that STEM Professionals in Schools is a highly effective program that provides teachers, students, schools and STEM professionals with substantive benefits. Teachers report improved motivation and engagement in science and mathematics teaching and an increase in quality of student work, and STEM professionals report increased passion in their work and improved communication skills.

The program has been independently evaluated four times since its inception in 2007. It has a presence in a large number of schools across Australia with a focus on increasing its reach in regional and remote areas.

Participation by teachers is spread across government, Catholic and independent sectors and includes a fairly even split of primary and secondary schools. STEM professionals from over 300 organisations in Australia including federal, state and local government organisations, universities and the private sector in all states and territories take part in the program.

STEM Professionals in Schools continues to promote who a STEM professional is and what they do, making the skills and careers relevant for teachers and young and curious minds.

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Since the inception of STEM Professionals in Schools, ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the program has been conducted to measure the impact of the program.

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