The Bright Future STEM program is a national program that engages 9 -12 year old girls and boys in STEM energy and resource industry experiences. The program provides exposure to female STEM professionals, encourages an interest in STEM careers and gives insights into future STEM employment in the Australian resources and energy industry.

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Research relating to STEM demonstrates that in order to increase the number of potential employees to meet future demands, the industry must engage children early and work hard to keep their interest in STEM. Additionally, the research shows a strong specific need in Australia to expose young females to the opportunities and jobs that STEM study enables.

Currently many industry STEM programs are focused on students in high school and tertiary education. However this is often too late as they have already decided what subjects they enjoy. It is vital to engage and expose children to STEM activities and the careers and opportunities provided by STEM at an early age.

Bright Future STEM Program has been designed to provide this access and exposure. In addition, the program breaks down stereotypes of traditionally male-dominated industries by featuring female role models and including both boys and girls in the events. Role models are sourced from industry companies and will include such STEM professionals such as Geologists, Engineers and relevant trade’s professionals.

Each program event will involve a number of age-appropriate, hands-on, educational activities to create excitement and wonder about STEM in the resources and energy industry. This may include enhanced and virtual reality, robotics, coding and engineering challenges.

Parents and teachers are also involved with take-home packs for parents being provided, and STEM content available for teachers to utilise in the classroom for further engagement.

This program aims to go to both regional locations and capital city locations to ensure that the most amount of children as possible are exposed to future STEM careers.

What the program has delivered to date

The Bright future STEM program has reached 3500 students since 2019. Across 5 states and territories and energy and resources employers from across the sector are engaged.

Whilst there are a lot of STEM programs catering to high school students Bright Future STEM is the first program of its kind catering to primary school students and highlighting female STEM professionals, linking industry with educators and community groups.

The program has been delivered to 9 – 12 year old’s from major cities like Brisbane & Perth  to remote communities such as Leonora WA.

The bright future STEM activity coaching team is comprised of industry STEM professionals, PHD students and energy and resource sector experts who are all passionate about delivering STEM experiences that create a lasting spark encourage children to pursue STEM studies and career pathways.

The program is expanded on through teaching support packs, take home parent packs and extensive online library of additional content.

About AMMA

Australian Resources and Energy Group AMMA, is the national representative for Australia’s resources, energy and supply industry employers. A unified voice driving effective workforce outcomes.

As a member-based organisation, our work directly shapes the environment in which we all operate and work. Since 1918, AMMA has worked to ensure Australia’s resources and energy industry is an attractive place to invest, employ and contribute to the nation’s economic prosperity.

Bright Future STEM Vision

The Energy and Resource sector acknowledges its responsibility to contribute to and ignite passion for STEM in girls, from early education, to help build a workforce of Australian women who are empowered to make scientifically informed decisions and take advantage of the opportunities of the jobs of the future.

Bright Future STEM Mission

Provide 9-12 year old girls innovative and authentic opportunities to observe and participate in STEM activations that provide exposure to female STEM professionals and connection to real world career pathways.

 


Meet the Bright Future STEM Team

Tara Diamond
Director Operations
What is your role:
What is your favourite thing about the bright future STEM program?
What was your favourite subject at school and why?
What do you find most interesting about the resources and energy sector?
Why do you think STEM is important?

Samantha Edmunds
Head of Member Services
What is your role:
What is your favourite thing about the bright future STEM program?
What was your favourite subject at school and why?
What do you find most interesting about the resources and energy sector?
Why do you think STEM is important?
Gail Gifford
Events Manager
Name: Gail

What is your role: Events Manager

What is your favourite thing about the bright future STEM program? My favourite thing is being able to deliver such a fantastic program with a range of fun and interactive STEM activities to thousands of students across Australia. Being involved in the student’s excitement is the best part by far!

What was your favourite subject at school and why? My favourite subject at school was Maths as I like working with numbers and it is a big part of my role as Events Manager dealing with budgets, logistics, coordination, and planning.

What do you find most interesting about the resources and energy sector? The most interesting part about the sector for me is that it has so many diverse and unique opportunities for so many people. I love that in my role I can engage with all our members and I get to meet so many people who help make the industry so great.

Why do you think STEM is important? I think STEM is an important part of our everyday lives, whether we realise it or not. It helps us communicate, work together, solve problems and continue to develop and grow as people.

Jane Mathers
QLD Office Coordinator
Name: Jane

What is your role: Queensland Office Coordinator

What is your favourite thing about the bright future STEM program? Watching the interest and amazement in the children.

What was your favourite subject at school and why? Maths because it’s based on logic.

What do you find most interesting about the resources and energy sector? So many opportunities for people.

Why do you think STEM is important? STEM creates the designers of the future.

Tegan Morris
Workplace Policy Advisor
Name: Tegan

What is your role: Workplace Policy Advisor

What is your favourite thing about the bright future STEM program? How engaged the students are with the interactive, hands-on activities and role model talks. The questions we are asked about our industry are so fascinating and it is great to see how inquisitive students are about STEM in the resources and energy.

What was your favourite subject at school and why? Maths was one of my favourite subjects at school because I enjoy problem solving, statistical analysis and applying logic to find a solution or support an argument.

What do you find most interesting about the resources and energy sector? All the amazing ways our industry supports Australians from providing resources to power our lives, funding our public infrastructure and services, and creating a diverse pool of jobs. Australia is so lucky to have some of the world’s best natural resources that can help our nation to grow and prosper.

Why do you think STEM is important? The skills that STEM provides are used in all areas of our life, from school and work, to the sports we play, the hobbies we have. Most of us are using STEM in ways we don’t even realise – that’s pretty cool!

Kristen Stodart
Project Coordinator
Name: Kristen

What is your role: Industry Projects Co-Ordinator

What is your favourite thing about the bright future STEM program? My favourite part of Bright Future STEM is getting to meet all of the students, teachers and industry role models. I find the program is really great at bringing people together to learn something new.

What was your favourite subject at school and why? I really enjoyed science – I loved hypothesizing and then testing my thinking. I really liked that science can challenge the way you think and that there are so many aspects that science plays a part of our everyday lives.

What do you find most interesting about the resources and energy sector? I find it fascinating that resources and energy plays a huge role in almost everything we do everyday. Whether it be the obvious things we think about like the power we use to have lights or hot showers or to the things your don’t think about like the gold that makes your mobile phone work or the minerals that go into your house paint. The Resource and Energy industry plays such a vital role in our community it is exciting to be a part of it and contribute to the future of the sector.

Why do you think STEM is important? I think STEM teaches skills like creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, independent thinking, communication and supports innovation to solve the problems of today to make the future a better place. It empowers people to be adaptable, solve problems and challenge the norm.
Maggie Wu
Legal Research Clerk
Name: Maggie

What is your role: Legal Research Clerk

What is your favourite thing about the bright future STEM program? Seeing the excitement of the students when they successfully figure out the code in our Coding activity or when they first try on our virtual reality headsets!

What was your favourite subject at school and why? I really enjoyed Legal Studies because of the problem-solving aspects but also Chemistry for the practical experiments.

What do you find most interesting about the resources and energy sector? The far-reaching impacts of the industry – how it affects us personally like powering our homes but also how many jobs it creates and how it stimulates Australia’s economic wealth.

Why do you think STEM is important? The skills you gain in STEM like collaborating, experimenting, hypothesising and problem-solving are highly valuable. Not only are they life skills but with the rise of technologies, they will assist us in identifying understanding the problems to develop more effective solutions.

 


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