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Generation STEM aims to build a strong community of citizens who live, learn, work and play locally. Through the STEM Community Partnerships Program (STEM CPP), your school can play a vital role in making this happen.

Benefits of joining the STEM CPP

The STEM Community Partnerships Program invites students from Years 9 and 10 to participate in STEM inquiry-based projects to address challenges faced by the local community. The program connects teachers and students with STEM businesses, showcasing the relevance of STEM in everyday life and increasing student engagement in related subjects. Through participation in the STEM CPP, students benefit from:

  • Exposure to real-world applications of STEM
  • Development of problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills
  • Heightened awareness of local STEM career pathwaysHigher levels of youth engagement in solving community challenges
  • Higher levels of youth engagement in solving community challenges
  • Positive STEM-based activities for students, which may increase transferable skills and encourage interest in continuing STEM subjects and careers
  • Enhanced connections between local schools, industry and Council

The program also has a wide variety of benefits for teachers:

  • A professional learning day provides teachers with the skills and confidence needed to support students in open inquiry based projects
  • Resources provided to support lesson planning and the delivery of the Australian curriculum
  • Increased staff skills and knowledge through exposure to contemporary STEM practices
  • Build meaningful connections with local STEM industry professionals through mentorships and industry engagement activities

Your commitment

To take part, your school will need to commit one teacher from any STEM subject area for the professional learning day, and at least one class to work on STEM-based inquiry projects.

The projects are flexible and can scale from 15-100 hours based on timetable constraints and student ability. You will also need to allocate time for industry site visits, and to prepare for and attend the end-of-year student showcase.

How we support you

CSIRO will offer your school a high level of assistance and support throughout the program. We organise an annual professional learning day (including relief cover) and ongoing support to develop the skills and confidence needed to deliver and support students in the open inquiry-based projects. We also partner teachers with local STEM mentors and coordinate visits to local businesses and careers expos, including transport.

Best of all, there's no cost for schools to be part of the STEM Community Partnerships Program.

Find out more

Interested? Fill in our contact form and we'll be in touch with further information on how you can join the program.

Schools involved in STEM CPP


School Local Government Area
CathWest Innovation College Blacktown
Norwest Christian College Blacktown
Rouse Hill Anglican College Blacktown
Seven Hills High School Blacktown
St Agnes Catholic High School Blacktown
St Andrews College Blacktown
St John Paul II Catholic College (Schofields) Blacktown
St Mark's Catholic College Blacktown
The Hills Sports High School Blacktown
The Ponds High School Blacktown
Toongabbie Christian College Blacktown
Winmalee High School Blue Mountains
Elderslie High School Camden
Oran Park Anglican College Camden
St Benedict's Catholic College Camden
Ambarvale High School Campbelltown
Broughton Anglican College Campbelltown
Hurlstone Agricultural High School Campbelltown
Ingleburn High School Campbelltown
James Meehan High School Campbelltown
Macquarie Fields High School Campbelltown
Mount Carmel Catholic College Campbelltown
Sarah Redfern High School Campbelltown
Thomas Reddall High School Campbelltown
Bankstown Girls High School Canterbury Bankstown
Belmore Boys High School Canterbury Bankstown
Canterbury Boys High School Canterbury Bankstown
Condell Park High School Canterbury Bankstown
East Hills Girls Technology High School Canterbury Bankstown
LaSalle Catholic College Bankstown Canterbury Bankstown
Mount Saint Joseph Canterbury Bankstown
Punchbowl Boys High School Canterbury Bankstown
Wiley Park Girls High School Canterbury Bankstown
Kariong Mountains High School Gosford
Kincumber High School Central Coast
Lisarow Hugh School Gosford
Northlakes High School Central Coast
St Peter’s Catholic College Wyong
Wyong High School Wyong
Bonnyrigg High School Fairfield
Bossley Park High School Fairfield
Cabramatta High School Fairfield
Canley Vale High School Fairfield
Freeman Catholic College Fairfield
Patrician Brothers' College Fairfield Fairfield
Richmond High School Hawkesbury
Al Amanah College Liverpool
All Saints Catholic College Liverpool
Amity College, Prestons Liverpool
Clancy Catholic College Liverpool
Hoxton Park High School Liverpool
James Busby High School Liverpool
John Edmondson High School Liverpool
Liverpool Boys High School Liverpool
St Francis Catholic College Liverpool
William Carey Christian School Liverpool
Catherine McAuley Westmead Parramatta
Cumberland High School Parramatta
Muirfield High School Parramatta
Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School Parramatta
Parramatta Marist High School Parramatta
Tara Anglican School for Girls Parramatta
Caroline Chisholm College Penrith
Chifley College, Dunheved Campus Penrith
Colyton High School Penrith
Erskine Park High School Penrith
Glenmore Park High School Penrith
Jamison High School Penrith
Kingswood High School Penrith
Penola Catholic College Emu Plains Penrith
Penrith Christian School Penrith
St Clair High School Penrith
St Dominic's College Penrith
St Paul's Grammar High School Penrith
Baulkham Hills High School The Hills
Hills Adventist College The Hills
Kellyville High School The Hills
Marian Catholic College The Hills
Santa Sophia Catholic College (Secondary) The Hills
Trundle Central School Parkes
Denison College of Secondary Education, Bathurst High Campus Bathurst

Learn more about Generation STEM

To learn more about Generation STEM or to register your interest in the STEM Community Partnerships Program, contact the team.

Contact the Generation STEM team

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