The program provides Year 9 and 10 students with an opportunity to engage in STEM inquiry-based projects to address real-world STEM challenges, gaining 21st Century skills along the way.
Teachers are paired with local STEM professionals to mentor them through the projects and they increase their skills and knowledge through exposure to contemporary STEM practices.
Students can participate in site visits, masterclasses, work experience and local STEM careers events. These activities will expose students to a range of different STEM opportunities and education pathways that lead to exciting local STEM careers.
STEM CPP is made possible through a $25 million endowment for the Generation STEM initiative from the NSW Government to the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF).
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
- opportunities for Industry STEM Professionals and organisations to inspire the next generation by demonstrating the real-world use of STEM skills, while promoting the range of career opportunities available to students in their community
- in some locations STEM CPP is now offering a STEM Taster in collaboration with TAFE, with findings from the pilot included in the TAFE Taster Program findings report PDF (763 KB) — Accessible text only version TXT (10 KB)
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.
2021 STEM CPP Video
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.
Generation STEM is delivered in regions with growing communities and growing STEM industries. STEM CPP is currently being delivered in Western Sydney, Central West NSW and the Central Coast, in collaboration with partners such as local councils, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and RDA Central Coast.
STEM CPP continues to grow and always looking to inspire the next generation of Scientists, Engineers, Technologist and Mathematicians across the state. If you are located outside of the current active locations, please do not hesitate to enquire with the team at generationSTEM@csiro.au.
Delivery Partners and Collaborators involved in STEM CPP
- Camden Council
- Campbelltown City Council
- Liverpool City Council
- Fairfield City Council
- Penrith City Council
- Blacktown City Council
- Rotary Club of Blacktown
- Canterbury-Bankstown City Council
- Regional Development Australia Central West
- The Hills Shire Council
- Sydney Olympic Park Authority
- Blue Mountains City Council
- Regional Development Australia Central Coast