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How to... Guide for Principals and Education Leaders

The STEM Professionals in Schools program has been shown to benefit schools by increasing the profile of STEM and and STEM-related careers by engaging students in innovative ways, mentoring and supporting teachers to deliver the curriculum, and providing a proven industry-school engagement model.

Use our How to Guide for Principals and Education Leaders PDF (164 KB) to get your school involved.

How to... Guide for Industry

By encouraging your staff to get involved your organisation is helping to develop the scientific literacy of students, enriching your relationships with clients and the broader community, and positioning your workplace as an employer of choice.

Use our How to Guide for Industry PDF (173 KB) to get involved.

How to get started

Once you have been partnered, and like any new relationship, we know that sometimes it can be a little tricky to get things started, particularly for people who are coming together from different disciplines. We can provide you with some handy tips to get your STEM Professionals in Schools partnership started based on our experience and direct feedback from our partners. We also hold webinars for new partners to ensure you get off to a flying start. You will receive an invitation from your project officer to attend.

Use our How to Guide on Getting Started  PDF (142 KB)to help develop your partnership.

Teacher Cheryl Torpey and STEM professional Jurg Schutz plan a learning activity ©  CSIRO

Planning an activity

There is no limit to the activities you can run with your partner. It’s important to talk to each other about what sort of activities you can run in the timeframe available and what sort of activities might be suitable for the teacher and class to increase learning outcomes. This could include developing lesson plans to help bring the Australian curriculum to life, a career talk, presentation, hands-on activity, mentoring and a field trip.

Use our How to Guide for Planning a learning activity PDF (480 KB).

With a local project officer available for support, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you need further advice on planning an activity or ideas to get you started.

Running an activity

When running your activities it's valuable to record key aspects of the activity, any significant achievements and lessons learned for future reference. Evaluation of your activities will assist your partnership to build up a suite of resources that enhance your engagement with the students over time.

Use our How to Guide for Evaluating a learning activity PDF (217 KB).

Providing an activity update

Activity updates are a vital part of the program. By updating us on your partnership activities, we can better support you if needed and share your success with others who need some inspiration.

It's easy to do:

  1. Go to the CSIRO Education Portal and sign in.
  2. Select 'applications' in the blue ribbon at the top of the screen.
  3. Next to your application, select 'manage', which will take you to your partnerships.
  4. Click 'activity update'.

CSIRO Education and Outreach also offers a range of educational programs that you can use in your partnership such as:

Get in touch with our team if you need any further support.

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