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By  Holly Stemm 18 June 2023 2 min read

Key points

  • STEM Together Future Shapers aims to help Year 5-10 students build their confidence, capability and connection with STEM.
  • Following a nationwide search, we announced our winning 31 Future Shapers at a virtual ceremony last week.
  • This marks the start of an exciting journey where they can design a prize to delve deeper into their interest in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM).

What would you do if your child dismantled the fridge, just to see how the icemaker works? You'd nominate them for a once in a lifetime prize, of course!

This student, and 30 others, have been officially named as our 2023 STEM Together Future Shapers.

Through the STEM Together program, our Future Shapers get to design their own amazing prize. Some will choose to be mentored by experts. Others will go on a trip to see their favourite STEM area in action. Some will take home technology or equipment. But they’ll all take their interest further.

A program for curious STEM students

The program creates opportunities for students in Years 5 to 10 who come from groups we want to see more of in STEM careers. This includes Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students; girls; students from schools in regional areas and students from lower opportunity areas.

Our head of Education and Outreach, Ruth Carr, said the beauty of STEM Together Future Shapers is that it's not necessarily for those at the top of the class.

"It is for those that have an interest that we can help to draw out. It's all about strengthening their confidence, capability, and connection with STEM," Ruth said.

Our Future Shapers shared what they love most about STEM at last week's Virtual Ceremony.

Celebrating our Future Shapers

Nominations came from all over the country, and from students from all walks of life.

One young applicant set up their school’s ‘Earth Club’. Another wants to build an Iron Man suit, and another has their sights set on being a paediatric nurse.

The Future Shapers were announced at a virtual ceremony, last week.

We also recognised five inspiring adults for helping students to learn valuable skills like innovation, problem solving and perseverance.

The ceremony included messages from the Minister for Industry and Science, Ed Husic and our Chief Scientist, Bronwyn Fox.

Bronwyn spoke about the amazing scientists who have come before us and the potential that lies ahead.

"A curious mind can change the world," she said.

"The world is full of fascinating puzzles waiting to be solved, and you have the power to unravel them."

During the event, winners shared what they love about STEM the most. The responses were varied and heart-warming. "I love space and physics," wrote one student. "I love problem solving," wrote another. And a supporter shared "I love to watch my students learn new skills."

Ones to watch

The event marked the official start of our Future Shapers' journeys. Now, they’re working with our STEM Together engagement officers to map their goals and develop a plan to help them get there.

Keep an eye out for further updates as we share the unique and inspiring experiences of our Future Shapers.

STEM Together is powered by CSIRO and BHP Foundation.

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