Our primary school STEM program is a 6-week pilot targeted at Year 5 and 6 students, parents and teachers, to catalyse generational perception change and build confidence and interest in exploring with STEM.
As an in-curriculum program, we aim to impact all students, particularly girls, and create sustainable change through teacher professional development. Project-based learning will bring curriculum content to life and provide opportunities for students to undertake design thinking, technical skill development and collaboration with their peers.
Resources for families will involve them in the student’s exploration with STEM and increase their understanding of the range of opportunities available.
I’ve enjoyed STEM more since the program. Before, I didn’t really enjoy coding but because we did it every week, I’ve learnt that it’s not that bad.
Year 5 girl
It has changed my ideas of STEM because it’s not just about programming…it’s more about finding solutions.
Year 5 girl
The following schools took part in our pilot program:
- St Clair Public School
- Erskineville Public School
- Sutherland North Public School
- Santa Sabina College
- Bowral Public School
Schools interested in participating in the future can express their interest by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are currently evaluating the impact of the pilot and will get in touch later in 2019.
In the news
Mick Rodley, teacher at Erskineville Public School shares his thoughts on the impact this program is having. Read the interview.
Information for families
Families play a key role in influencing student interests and confidence in STEM. Find out more about the program and how families can join their children in STEM exploration at home.
Information for STEM professionals
STEM professionals are valuable sources of inspiration and information for students as they venture through the design thinking process. We invite STEM professionals to be part of this exciting pilot project. Read more and register.
Volunteer as a mentor
BECOME A MENTOR
Students studying STEM or Education degrees are invited to mentor students. Mentors are role models for students who can guide project teams through the design thinking process and help them make links between STEM skills and real-world applications. Students will be designing solutions to problems relevant to their Science topics and using technology and engineering skills to prototype. Weekly 2 hour sessions with mentors over 1 term give students the opportunity to develop rapport. All volunteers are required to have a Working with Children Check (free for volunteers).
Sponsor the program
The pilot program has been partly funded by the NSW Office for Women as part of the Investing in Women Funding Program 2018 and concludes in June 2019. Women in Engineering and IT also received a Social Impact grant from UTS Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion which will be used to design impact evaluation for the pilot.
Companies are invited to partner with us for further development to allow more students to have the opportunity to be inspired into STEM. Please contact the team for more information.