Bright Future STEM Program
The Bright Future STEM program is a national school-based STEM resources and energy industry program that will engage 9-11 year old girls and boys to provide them with exposure to female STEM professionals, encourage an interest in STEM careers and give insight into future STEM employment in the Australian resources and energy industry.
Why this Program?
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, 3D printing, coding and drones.
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.
Current 2019 Locations
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:
The following locations are scheduled for 2019.
- QLD – Brisbane
- QLD – Bowen Basin
- QLD– Mt Isa
- WA – Perth
- WA – Kalgoorlie
- WA – Karratha
- VIC – Melbourne
- VIC – Bendigo
- TAS – (TBA)
- NSW – Orange
If your school or organisation would like to be a part of the Bright Future STEM Program please contact us on (07) 3210 0313 or [email protected]