STEM Professionals in Schools is Australia’s largest national skilled volunteering program creating ongoing and flexible partnerships between teachers and STEM professionals to enhance STEM education and engage students in real-world STEM. The program is supported by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment and delivered by CSIRO.
STEM Professionals in Schools facilitates flexible, ongoing partnerships between science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals and teachers in schools across Australia.
The program aims to
- bring the practice of real-world STEM to teachers and students
- provide teachers with opportunities to strengthen their knowledge of current STEM practices and applications
- increase STEM professionals’ engagement with the broader community, raising public awareness of their work and its social and economic importance
- inspire and motivate teachers and students in the learning of STEM, and broaden awareness of the variety of careers that are available within STEM fields.
How the program creates partnerships
We individually match teachers and STEM professionals so they can work together to increase teachers’ and students’ STEM skills, knowledge and confidence through a range of activities. Each partnership is unique and flexible, as the partners decide for themselves what works best for them, with support from the national STEM Professionals in Schools team. Example partnership activities include:
- mentoring teachers and students
- online engagement e.g. video conferencing for remote learning
- site visits or virtual lab tours
- specialist STEM clubs and projects
- career talks and presentations
- hands-on demonstration
Take a look at some of our partnership stories for inspiration.
We're connected all over Australia
Since the program commenced more than 8000 partnerships have been created.
Current partnerships involve:
- 325 organisations supporting a pipeline of STEM talent
- 900 schools increasing the profile of STEM in their community
- 570,000 students attend schools engaged in the program*
*From the 2020 program evaluation