Becoming a Partner School

The goal of the STEM Academy is to collaborate with schools to develop and implement a pedagogical shift in teaching of science and mathematics, through the application of problem solving and inquiry-based learning.

It is through this partnership with schools that we achieve our vision of improving student engagement in STEM subjects, and eventually encouraging them to pursue these subjects in senior years of school and beyond.

Becoming a STEM Academy Partner School brings benefits to both the school and the participating teachers, and requires commitment from both to ensure the best opportunity for new classroom approaches to take root and for new ideas to thrive.

Partner Schools can position themselves as a leading STEM educator in their local area, by implementing innovative STEM units and becoming a hub of expertise for other teachers and schools to draw inspiration and support.

What we offer:

  1. Full funding for up to six science, mathematics and technology teaching staff (including teacher relief, travel and accommodation) to attend the BOSTES-accredited professional development sessions.
  2. Mentor visits and support pre-program and in between the two on-campus sessions.
  3. Online community where teachers, facilitators and mentors will be able to report on progress, share resources and discuss issues through the online forums.
  4. Access to STEM-related classroom resources during and after the program, as well as a unique opportunity to engage in cross-disciplinary discussions with colleagues.

How to become a partner school

Schools interested in partnering with the STEM Academy need to fulfil the following requirements:

  1. The Principal with other members of the staff should attend the Information Session on 31 August 2016.
  2. A completed Expression of Interest must be endorsed, signed and submitted by the Principal no later than 15 September 2016 to
  3. The School has to appoint a STEM Academy project leader who will be the Academy’s main point of contact for the program. The project leader will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of the STEM project at the school level, organising mentor visits, and liaising with the Academy.
  4. The school also needs to appoint six members of the science, mathematics and technology staff (Head Teachers and/or STEM leaders are strongly preferred) who will attend the three-day residential program in November 2016 and the two-day workshop in Term 2, 2017 at the University of Sydney.
  5. Schools should provide participating teachers with at least three days from late Term 4, 2016 to middle of Term 2, 2017 to focus on their STEM Academy initiatives.