How to get involved, share your passion and play your part to enhance STEM education.

If you work in STEM related disciplines within industry, academia or research, sharing your knowledge and passion with teachers builds their confidence and ability to bring the curriculum to life for students through exposure to contemporary STEM application.

If you work in STEM related disciplines sharing your knowledge with teachers builds their confidence and ability to bring the curriculum to life.

STEM Professionals report an increased sense of personal satisfaction with work; increased confidence and motivation in working with schools and young people; and the development of a range of new and existing skills such as communication and presentation.

Each partnership is unique and different with the STEM professional and teacher negotiating the nature of their relationship. The intention is for the STEM industry professional to share their career story, STEM application and exposure to contemporary practices and fields. This often translates into activities with the teacher's students aligned to the general capabilities of the curriculum.

The program is creating a community of STEM professionals committed to supporting the next generation of STEM literate Australians while increasing public understanding of STEM disciplines and career pathways. You are crucial to the ongoing success of the program.

Program benefits

  • Professional partnership with a teacher to share expertise and experience
  • Increase in confidence and communication skills
  • Increase student enthusiasm in STEM subjects
  • Inspire students to consider a career in a STEM-related field
  • Encourage critical thinking while increasing teacher and student engagement 
  • Alignment with corporate social responsibility and sustainability objectives
  • Opportunity to contribute to the community.

Program eligibility

  • Minimum of a bachelor degree in a STEM field; or
  • Evidence* of equivalent experience in a STEM field
  • The ability to obtain and/or provide evidence of the relevant Working with Children/Vulnerable People check and National Police Certificate as part of the CSIRO Child Safe procedure

* Evidence may include a letter of endorsement, supervisor support, Curriculum Vitae or similar.

Child Safe Standards

As part of the program's mandate to keep all children and young people safe, all STEM professionals who undertake any type of interaction with students are required by state and federal governments to undergo security screening. You must provide evidence of the relevant Working With Children/Vulnerable People Check and National Police Certificate as part of CSIRO's Child Safe Procedure.

If you don't have this documentation, the STEM Professionals in Schools team can support you to obtain it and cover the associated costs. Evidence of the completed checks must be provided before a partnership is made.

Working with Children Checks accepted

Australian Capital Territory Working with Vulnerable People check Office of Regulatory Services
New South Wales Working with Children check NSW Office of the Children's Guardian
Northern Territory Ochre Card SAFE NT
Queensland Blue card Department of Justice and Attorney-General
South Australia DCSI Criminal History check Department of Communities and Social Inclusion
Tasmania Working with Children registration Department of Justice
Victoria Working with Children check Department of Justice
Western Australia Working with Children check Department of Child Protection

More information

We can assist if you need help to arrange your checks. To find out more, contact us.

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