Generation STEM

Inspiring students with STEM in Western Sydney

Do you want to inspire students and help build the STEM workforce of the future?

Now there is an exciting new opportunity for CSIRO Alumni to get involved in building a bigger, stronger and more diverse STEM talent pipeline in Western Sydney.

Major new developments in Western Sydney, including the Western Sydney Airport and surrounding aerotropolis, will create a wealth of opportunities across all industries. To pursue these opportunities, industry needs greater access to a workforce with skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Generation STEM is a 10-year initiative delivered by CSIRO Education and Outreach to attract, support, retain and train NSW students into STEM career pathways. As part of Generation STEM, the STEM Community Partnerships Program (STEM CPP) empowers young people with the relevant skills to pursue a STEM career. The aim is to inspire local Year 9 and 10 students into STEM educational and career pathways and showcase the exciting opportunities available at their doorstep.

Last year, a dynamic CSIRO delivery team overcame a host of challenges and proudly delivered Generation STEM’s first ever Virtual Student Project Showcase. The virtual website was a great success and featured contributions from Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee, to enthusiastic school students and local industry partners.

Students from Sarah Redfern High School presenting their work to Councillor Chivers

Students from Sarah Redfern High School presenting their work to Councillor Chivers


This year, with the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and return of face-to-face events, the program has expanded to new areas in Western Sydney – seven local Councils and over 45 schools are now engaged with the program.

With hundreds of students keen to learn more about the potential of a STEM career and where it can take them, there are a number of ways CSIRO Alumni can get involved.

We invite you to share your own unique STEM story, the lessons you’ve learnt on your own career path, specialised skills you bring to your role, your workplace environment and advice for students pursing a STEM career. Your story could spark a lifelong passion for STEM and empower a new generation of STEM leaders. Share your valuable industry knowledge by mentoring teachers, hosting site visits to showcase your workplace, delivering a masterclass and providing work experience opportunities to students. Time commitment and involvement is flexible.

Read our blog to learn more.

For more information, visit Generation STEM’s website at To discuss how you can get involved with the team, email