The STEM Community Partnerships Program (STEM CPP) creates strong partnerships between local schools and industry, with the goal of highlighting local STEM careers and opportunities, and providing avenues for students to develop their STEM skills in an engaging and rewarding way.
The STEM CPP invites year 9 and 10 students to undertake curriculum-aligned, inquiry-based projects to address challenges faced by their local communities.
STEM CPP schools can participate in a range of activities, including:
- An annual professional learning session with ongoing support for teachers, focusing on developing the skills and confidence needed to deliver, and support students in, the inquiry-based projects
- Site visits and incursions to give students exposure to local STEM workplaces and careers
- Local STEM careers events to showcase STEM pathways and businesses
- Mentoring from local industry and STEM professionals
- Online masterclasses to build on key STEM skills and support the inquiry-based projects
- An annual showcase event to recognise student participation
- Work experience opportunities for selected Year 10 students.
There is no cost for schools to participate. Implementation is flexible, allowing student and school requirements to be met. A minimum commitment of two years is recommended for schools to ensure the program has the desired impact.
The program is currently being delivered in Western Sydney and will be available in other locations across NSW soon.
2020 virtual showcase
In 2020, students were invited to participate in a virtual showcase in lieu of a face-to-face showcase (due to COVID-19 restrictions). Students submitted presentations, posters and videos presenting their work in the Virtual showcase 2020.
2019 showcase event
In 2019, students from Liverpool, Camden and Campbelltown Local Government Areas presented the work they had completed throughout the year as part of their inquiry projects at a showcase events, attended by teachers, parents, local industry and council staff.