Being a scientist, the students understand that Barbara brings with her a world of knowledge, and the students really respond well to that. They're quite inquisitive, they ask her a lot of questions, they take on board her feedback, knowing it is invaluable feedback, considering her background. Travis Gerace, Teacher at Banksia Park International High School
Providing engaging and relevant learning experiences in STEM subjects can be a challenge. Through STEM Professionals in Schools you can partner with a highly qualified STEM professional to increase your confidence, knowledge and skills in STEM and help you enrich learning experiences for your students.
Each partnership in the STEM Professionals in Schools program is a bespoke arrangement between the teacher and STEM professional, based on their combined interests and expertise, availability, local context, the Australian Curriculum, and student needs. Once partnered, you can work with your STEM professional to design engagements and activities that best support your teaching.
We have been creating and supporting partnerships for more than 10 years and have a national team available to provide guidance at every stage of your partnership.
Our independent evaluations have found that partnerships are effective in delivering benefits for teachers, students and STEM professionals. The most recent evaluation reported that the program provided significant benefits for teachers, including:
- improving their STEM teaching capability
- helping them to improve their students’ STEM learning
- providing them with professional learning and networking opportunities
Who can apply?
The program is available free to registered teachers and principals working in Australian government or non-government primary and secondary schools from Foundation* to year 12.
As part of the program's mandate to keep children safe, all STEM professionals are required to undergo security screening. The STEM Professionals in Schools team supports professionals to obtain relevant checks and covers the associated costs.
*The Foundation year of school is known as Kindergarten in NSW/ACT, Prep in QLD/ VIC/TAS, Pre-primary in WA, Transition in NT and Reception in SA.
We can assist if you need help to arrange your checks. To find out more, contact us.