A significant proportion of jobs in the future will require a STEM component. And regardless of that, jobs that don't will still require deep and critical thinking. So, I think, being a part of this program is helping students have an understanding of that. Barbara McClure, Postdoctoral researcher in the Leukemia Research Group.
At a time when STEM skills are critical to building the Australian workforce of the future, our STEM professional volunteers are inspiring students, increasing teacher capability and improving understanding of STEM career pathways.
The STEM Professionals in Schools program has a network of STEM professionals from more than 300 organisations, committed to supporting the next generation of problem solvers and innovators.
If you work in STEM related disciplines within industry, academia or research, we can match you with a teacher to share your knowledge and passion and develop the scientific literacy of students. Through a partnership you can help to bridge the gap between the classroom and real-world STEM practice.
Our independent evaluations have found that partnerships are effective in delivering benefits for teachers, students and STEM professionals. The most recent evaluation reported that major benefits identified by STEM professionals include:
- involvement in STEM education
- sharing their STEM knowledge with others
- personal development
- networking through interactions with teachers, peers and students.
Each partnership in the STEM Professionals in Schools program is a bespoke arrangement between the STEM professional and teacher, based on their combined interests and expertise, availability, local context and student needs. Teacher partners provide expertise on how to align with the Australian Curriculum and their student needs, and our dedicated program support team is available to provide guidance at every stage of your partnership.
- minimum of a bachelor degree in a STEM field; or
- evidence* of equivalent experience in a STEM field
- the ability to obtain and/or provide evidence of the relevant Working with Children/Vulnerable People check and National Police Certificate as part of the CSIRO Child Safe procedure
* Evidence may include a letter of endorsement, supervisor support, Curriculum Vitae or similar.
Child Safe Standards
As part of the program's mandate to keep all children and young people safe, all STEM professionals who undertake any type of interaction with students are required by state and federal governments to undergo security screening. You must provide evidence of the relevant Working With Children/Vulnerable People Check and National Police Certificate as part of CSIRO's Child Safe Policy.
If you don't have this documentation, the STEM Professionals in Schools team can support you to obtain it and cover the associated costs. Evidence of the completed checks must be provided before a partnership is made.
|Australian Capital Territory||Working with Vulnerable People registration||Access Canberra|
|New South Wales||Working with Children check||NSW Office of the Children's Guardian|
|Northern Territory||Ochre Card||SAFE NT|
|Queensland||Blue card||Queensland Government|
|South Australia||Working with Children check||Department of Human Services|
|Tasmania||Registration to work with vulnerable people||Tasmanian Government|
|Victoria||Working with Children check||Working With Children Check Victoria|
|Western Australia||Working with Children check||Government of Western Australia|
We can assist if you need help to arrange your checks. To find out more, contact us.