Engaging students in STEM education


Media release

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) professionals from around the country will join forces on Friday in a national effort to get as many STEM professionals in schools to promote the importance of STEM to Australia’s future. 

Friday will mark the official start of National Science Week and through the Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools (SMiS) program, managed by CSIRO, activities will be coordinated across hundreds of schools to highlight how STEM professionals are working with teachers in classrooms to inspire students and ensure we have STEM professionals in the future.

Dr Marshall, Chief Executive of CSIRO said: “Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools gives students a richer learning experience. It is deeply rewarding for volunteers, as every one of us was inspired to pursue STEM by an inspirational teacher.  It’s time to give back and pay it forward for our future.”

“Teaching and showcasing the importance of research for our youngest students is vital. Any effort to get more school students involved in these fields should be encouraged,” Senator Zhenya Wang stated.

Research indicates that 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations now require STEM skills and knowledge.  With participation and engagement of STEM subjects in Australia declining, it is now more important than ever to engage students about the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths.

The events will be held in schools around Australia and include teachers and STEM professionals from universities, public and private research organisations, and industry organisations such as CISCO, Tata Consultancy Services and Boeing.  This event will also bring around 40 members of parliament into schools across Australia to meet with teachers, students and STEM professionals who are taking part in the program.