STEM Professionals in Schools
Inspire the next generation through STEM Professionals in Schools
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Professionals in Schools (formerly Scientists and Mathematicians and ICT Professionals in Schools) is a national volunteer program that facilitates partnerships between STEM professionals and teachers to bring real-world STEM applications into the classroom.
The program facilitates partnerships between STEM professionals from government, industry and universities with teachers to enhance teaching practices and to inspire students to pursue STEM education. Each ongoing partnership is unique as you and your partner work out what’s best for you.
Different activities include mentoring, career talks, presentations, field trips, hands-on demonstrations and online engagement.
We welcome former CSIRO staff and retired STEM professionals to volunteer with us so they can work with teachers (on their own terms) to enhance STEM education in Australian classrooms.
STEM Professionals in Schools is Australia’s leading STEM education volunteering program with close to 6,000 partnerships created since the program began in 2007.
Benefits for you
- Share your skills, experience and professional knowledge in your chosen STEM discipline
- Contribute to the professional learning of today’s teachers by bringing STEM expertise into the classroom
- Increase your confidence, presentation skills and passion
- Inspire teachers and students by showcasing STEM-related careers
- Contribute to the community
Watch these videos to learn more about how valuable your wealth of knowledge and experience can be for teachers and students.
Real world input for real world impact
A showcase video demonstrating the value of STEM professionals volunteering in our program.
Throughout 2020 and into 2021 the program also has a focus on fostering remote partnerships (who connect mostly or exclusively over the phone, email or via videoconferencing) to increase our reach into regional Australia to improve equal access to STEM professional volunteers, as well supporting partnerships in adhering to COVID-safe practices and maintaining successful partnerships from a distance. In this video we feature two partnerships who mostly connect online, meeting face-to-face only once a year or so. The first STEM Professional featured is current CSIRO staff member Dr Jurg Schutz, and the second is retired pilot Steven Murray.
You can also view the entire suite of videos on our showcase page if of interest.
Or watch our recent online event “Bringing STEM careers into the classroom Q&A”
Hear from our alumni:
Recently retired CSIRO fisheries scientist Craig Proctor has been partnered with Indonesian language teacher Ingrid Colman at Lansdowne Crescent Primary School in Tasmania for a decade. Find out how they combine science, culture, and Indonesian language in class.
While at the CSIRO, Peter really enjoyed his involvement in the Student Research Scheme (SRS) where he hosted high school students in his laboratory for a week at a time. He registered with the Scientists in Schools programme and enjoyed bringing to young people the fun, excitement and satisfaction of working with science.