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Partnerships showcase - CSIRO STEM Professionals in Schools

[Teachers and STEM professionals on slides on screen smiling, and sharing skills]

[The CSIRO logo swirls into the centre of the screen]

[Text in centre of screen reads STEM Professionals in Schools]

[Teachers, and STEM professionals and students smiling and interacting on projects]

[One STEM professional explaining slinkies]

[Text in middle of the screen reads Partnership showcase]

[A sign on the wall labelled Warning engineer at work]

Sue being interviewed in her classroom, text on screen reads Sue O’Malley, Teacher, Trinity College]

Sue O'Malley: Shaun Voigt is our STEM professional and we are just so blessed to have him as part of our program.

[Shaun and students smiling and looking on as one student pilots a cube shaped robot to pick up coloured balls]

Coding is a very complex process. As teachers we're not professionals so we get the basics,

[The robots spins around heading for more balls]

but for what we're doing and the levels that we're working we need a much higher level.

[A spinning tube made of wire picks up the ball]

[The student piloting the robot looks pleased]

And Shaun brings that to the students.

[Shaun works with two female students on a laptop coding commands for the robot and building the circuitry]

Shaun being interviewed in a workshop, text on screen reads Shaun Voigt, Software Engineer, DST]

Shaun Voigt: I enjoy working with the kids because I love see how they grow and develop. How they seemingly are unable to solve a problem, and then with a little bit of confidence building they're able to get in and come up with really great solutions.

[Shorts of a tablet and circuitry]

Sue O'Malley: I love STEM because you get them started, you give them a concept, you give them a plan. Where they go comes from them.

[Sue works with the students on controlling their robot as it moves around the room picking up balls. One student throws new balls into the robot's field of play]

[Sue and the students nod and laugh as they watch the robot]

And some of the most incredible ideas can come from students that you thought might not be the best in your class, but their creativity, that spark can lead to an idea and you're off on a journey.

[Outside shots of the school]

[Justine and Maurice walk down a path outside their school]

Justine Mackey: We're really fortunate to have a strong partnership with Maurice as a part of the CSIRO program.

[Maurice and some students sit around a table looking at a microscope]

[Justine being interviewed in a library, text beside her reads Justine Mackey, Principal, Ivanhoe East PS]

As a PhD student Maurice is able to share his expertise with our students, and with our teachers.

[Maurice places a sample case under the microscope]

[A young boys peers into the microscope]

We don't have any access to that kind of skill or knowledge. And our students really benefit from his enthusiasm, and his knowledge, and his experience.

[Maurice chatting with a young girl who is smiling with the microscope in the foreground]

Maurice Pagnin: I see the passion in these kids' eyes and that's what motivates me to come back every time.

[Maurice being interviewed in a library, text next to him reading Maurice Pagnin, PhD candidate, Biomedical Science RMIT]

[Shot of an outside of a school, a sign reads 09, Science, Trade Training]

[Barbara stands next to a projector screen facing a classroom full of students]

Travis Gerace: Working with Barbara has most definitely helped me. Barbara is an accomplished scientist.

[Travis being interviewed in his classroom, text next to him reading Travis Gerace, Teacher, Banksia Park International High School]

She's part of the STEM industry, and her work is quite contemporary. So this has allowed me to keep my knowledge

[Barbara presents to a classroom full of smiling students]

[The heading on the projector screen reads Cost per Genome sequenced]

up to date as well. What's happening outside of the classroom?

[Barbara and several students wear lab coats as Barbara shows the students a centrifuge]

And I can use this to help my students develop their knowledge.

[Barbara shows the students a specific piece of equipment]

[One of the students makes an ah-ha face regarding the equipment]

[A shot of a large satellite dish]

[A view of the outside of a school]

[Philip showing students a close-up of the inner working of a drone on a TV screen]

Phillip Field: Their goal was to actually build and fly a drone.

[Philip points to a mechanism on the drone's body]

So they're problem-solving, they're talking to their peers. They're developing interpersonal

[Philip being interviewed in a workshop, text next to him read Phillip Field, Electrical Engineer (Retired)]

skills and working as a team. Along the way they pick up a whole load of other things they didn’t realise they'd got.

[The students check out the drone]

[A shot of a city]

[Shot of an outside of a school]

[Rebecca being interviewed in her classroom, text beside her reads Teacher, St Peter's Lutheran School]

Rebecca Geue: Our STEM professional is Dr David Bird. He is an astrophysicist who works with the Department of Defence.

[Rebecca and David work together behind a laptop planning their next lesson]

It's incredibly helpful to have an expert come in and help us.

[David points a device at a praying mantis being held by a student]

He works with me beforehand and we plan things together. It's been amazing because the kids have such a great relationship with him.

[The heat sensing camera shows the student's hand and the difference between it and the cold insect]

He's working with what we're already doing in the curriculum.

[Electrical leads are attached to two pencils suspended in a glass full of water as students look on]

[David being interviewed in a classroom, the text next to him reads Dr David Bird, Senior Research Scientist, DST]

Dr David Bird: The next generation needs to be able to think scientifically, needs to be able to question and analyse things.

[David points to bubbles in the glass]

If you're passionate about your line of research and you want to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals there's no better way to do it than to get involved in this program.

[A teacher pours a clear liquid over a sandy island students have constructed on a plate]

[A group of students smiles sitting behind a table covered with drones]

[A group of students work together to control a robot as it picks up balls on the ground]

[The CSIRO logo pops into the centre of the screen, underneath is written Australia's National Science Agency]

[An equation of logos is on the screen with a graduation cap representing teacher, then a plus sign adding it to a STEM professional symbolized by a molecule logo.]

[The equals symbol then connects to a gear logo representing partnership.]

[A circle graph titled Schools with different colours for different percentages on screen, Catholic being 16.3%, Government being 65.8%, Independent/Private being 16.8% and other being 1.1%]

[A map symbolizing national reach with a circle graph to one side. the text under the graph reads "with 29% in regional and remote areas.]

[On the map going clockwise NT 1.5%, QLS 20.8%, NSW 20.9%, ACT 5.9%, TAS 5.2%, VIC 23.9%, SA 8%, WA 13.8%.]

[A graph titled STEM Professionals, the circle graph showing percentages by gender with female at 43.2%, male at 56.6%, and not specified at 0.2%. The text under the graph reads note Female STEM professional representation is significantly higher than the national female STEM qualified population of 17 percent overall asterisk leading to a footnote "from the 2020 program evaluation.]

[Text on centre screen reads The STEM Professionals in Schools project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment. At the bottom of the screen is reads: The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.]

[New Screen, text reading STEM Professionals in Schools would like to thank: Shaun Voigt, Software Engineer, DST; Maurice Pagnin, PhD Candidate - Biomedical Science RMIT; Dr David Bird, Senior Research Scientist, DST; Phillip Field, Electrical Engineer (Retired)]

[New Screen text reading STEM Professionals in Schools would like to thank: Sue O'Malley and students from Trinity College; Justine Mackey and the students from Ivanhoe East Primary School; Sue Elderfield and students from Playford International College; Rebecca Geue and students from St Peter's Lutheran School; Travis Gerace and students from Banksia Park International High School]

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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*

Infographic showing a map of Australia indicating the national reach of the STEM Professionals in Schools program broken up by percentage per state.

The program has a national reach with 29 per cent of partnerships in regional and remote areas. 

  • WA = 13.8%
  • NT = 1.5%
  • SA = 8%
  • QLD = 20.8%
  • NSW = 20.9%
  • Vic = 23.9%
  • ACT = 5.9%
  • Tas = 5.2%
National reach of the STEM Professionals in Schools program.

*From the 2020 program evaluation

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