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About STEM Together Future Shapers

STEM Together Future Shapers is a recognition program for Year 5 to 10 students and their supporters.


‘Future Shapers’ get to design their own prize or experience to take their interest in real-world STEM* further.

Student nominees don’t need to be at the top of the class; and science and maths don’t need to be their favourite subjects… yet.

This is for the curious, for those that invent things or those that want to make a positive change.

This is a launchpad for greater things.

Future Shapers also recognises amazing people in the community that support students to build STEM capabilities.

*Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Want to help a young person go further?

Know a curious kid in years 5 to 10?

Are they either: Aboriginal and or  Torres Strait Islander; female; from a regional school; or a school from a lower opportunity area?

They could be a STEM Together Future Shaper.

Future Shapers ask questions, create or invent things, or want to make positive change.

We can help them take their interest further with STEM.

They could win an experience with leading CSIRO or industry experts, or choose equipment or technology to keep exploring or creating, or be connected with mentors or their ‘tribe’.

We also recognise those that help these students to learn about STEM.

Family, elders, community leaders, educators and other STEM supporters can also design their own prize.

Students and supporters need to apply or be nominated.

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The Prize

Future Shaper winners work with our team to create a prize that’s tailored to the topic or skills they’re interested in, and explore new ideas through real-world STEM.

For example, a Future Shaper could:

  • connect with likeminded individuals at STEM camps or events
  • take a trip in Australia to see their area of interest in action
  • choose their own equipment or technology to keep exploring or creating; or
  • get face time or mentoring from the experts on the cutting edge of STEM.

…or they could choose something else. That’s the beauty of Future Shapers!

After the main prize: Ambassadors

Future Shapers can also choose to access resources to help share their interest in their community. Some may also become STEM Together Ambassadors – where they can connect with program alumni and help to provide input into the STEM Together and Future Shapers programs.


We prioritise opportunities for Year 5 to 10 students* that identify as: 

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; or
  • female; or

    Future Shaper nominations closed at midnight on 2 May 2023.

    Sign up to find out about the latest updates, opportunities, events and resources for STEM Together and Future Shapers.
  • from schools in regional areas; or
  • from schools in lower opportunity areas. 

We recognise students for their 21st Century skills, like curiosity, creativity and innovation, problem solving, learning and growth, critical thinking, perseverance, resourcefulness and/or connectedness.

You, or someone you know, can be recognised for helping these students* to build their confidence, capability, or connection with STEM.

Supporters can include, (but are not limited to) parents or family, elders, community group leaders, STEM industry professionals, educators, or other members of the community.

*Includes students that are in Year 5 to 10 or would be in Year 5 to 10 if they were in the school system.

Future Shaper nominations have closed for 2023

The successful 2023 Future Shapers were announced in June 2023.

Sign up to find out about the latest updates, opportunities, events and resources for STEM Together and Future Shapers, including next year's nominations.


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