Frequently Asked Questions

I am a Science, Mathematics or Technology teacher and would like to participate in the program. How can I sign up?

Participation in the STEM Academy is through a partnership between the school and the University and not with individual teachers.

If you are interested in the program, please speak to your School Principal and ask them to consider becoming a partner school.

How are Partner Schools selected?

Each year, the STEM Academy holds an Information Session for interested school Principals who are then invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).

The program leaders review submitted EOI’s and select the partner schools based on how they meet the selection criteria. It is important that the EOI demonstrates the school’s commitment to support its teachers through the completion of the program and onwards.

A partner school must be able to send six teachers to attend the program, which consists of a three-day residential session in November 2016 and a two-day workshop in Term 2, 2017.

In 2016, the Information Session will be held on the 31st of August. If you would like to attend, please contact us.

What are the costs involved in becoming a Partner School?

Attending the three-day residential session in November 2016 and two-day workshop in Term 2, 2017 is fully funded by the STEM Academy.

The Academy requires a commitment from the school to provide time for teachers to engage in collaborative, disciplinary as well as interdisciplinary evaluation and planning in between the residential and workshop sessions.

My school has submitted an EOI. When do we find out if we have been selected as a Partner School?

We will aim to inform all selected schools by 30 September 2016.

My school has been selected as a Partner School. What’s next?

The STEM Academy will organise its mentors to visit your school to discuss what to expect and how to prepare for the three-day residential program.

You will be required to sign up in the Academy’s online platform to start engaging with colleagues from within and across other discipline groups.

I live near the University of Sydney. Do I have to stay on campus during the first residential session?

Yes, the residential component of the program is mandatory.

The purpose of the residential is to facilitate collegial discussions across discipline groups from within your school and others.

It is also an excellent way to network and learn about what other teachers are doing.

What is the program content for 2016/17?

The curriculum for 2016/17 will be finalised shortly and communicated to participating teachers. In the mean time, please check the 2015 program review to learn more about our previous curriculum.

Will the hours I complete at STEM Academy count towards any PD accreditation with BOSTES?

Yes. Please check the Accreditation page for more information.