STEAM Resources

A list of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) programs, resources and initiatives. This list was generated by the incredible STEAM community in the electorate of Wills as a part of the Science and Technology Australia STEM Ambassador program. Most resources will be Victoria- or Australia-based.

STEM Master-lists: Portals or master-lists of STEM initiatives.

  • Victorian STEM map (Victoria): Programs, events, professional learning and resources across Victoria, arranged by geographical location. Put together by the Victorian State Government.
  • Connecting Victoria’s STEM Ecosystem (Victoria): A large range of programs, activities, competitions, resources and STEM-y places to visit across Victoria. Put together by Victoria’s Chief Scientist. It provides a navigational tool to enable connections across the system.
  • University of Melbourne STEM programs (Victoria): A list of programs from year 7 – 12 offered through the university.
  • STEM Program Index 2016 (Australia): A list of over 250 STEM initiatives provided by businesses, universities, science and education agencies, and government. Put together by Australia’s Chief Scientist.
  • STARportal (Australia): National searchable database for for families, teachers and program providers. Put together by Office of the Chief Scientist for Australia + a range of collaborators.
  • Women in STEM Decadal Plan (Australia): This document attempts to map all initiatives aimed at enhancing girls’ and women’s participation in STEM in Australia across all sectors. Put together by the Australian Academy of Science.
  • ACSA Citizen Science Project Finder (Australia): A collection of citizen science initiatives for all ages and experience levels. Put together by the Australian Citizen Science Association.
  • Zooniverse (International): For all ages. The world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research.
  • OpenIdeo (International): For all ages. Open design challenges as an opportunity with potential STEM-focused solutions.

 

STEM Outreach/Workshops: A range of workshops and school outreach

  • Museums Victoria Outreach Program (Victoria): For all ages. Provides access to the Museum’s collections for people who may find it difficult to visit museums due to age/distance/etc. Can be in-person, a virtual classroom or kits sent to your location. Nominal fees may apply.
  • EWB’s School Outreach program (Australia): For primary/high school level. You can request EWB volunteers to come run curriculum-linked hands-on engineering workshops in your school. Available in every state (metro and regional; subject to volunteer availability). No fee.
  • Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC; Victoria): For primary and secondary  level. VSSEC has ~22 curriculum-integrated workshops.
  • The Power of Engineering Program (Australia):  For year 9 – 10 students (pre-subject selection). Runs one-day events demonstrating that they have the power to change the world through engineering, in collaboration with universities and industry.
  • STA Superstars of STEM speaker program (Australia): For all ages. Request a female STEM superstar to come do an event at your school, work, etc. Superstars of STEM aims to smash society’s gender assumptions about scientists and increase the public visibility of women in STEM. No fee – agreed fee, depending on circumstances.
  • CSIRO’s STEM Professionals in Schools program (Australia): For primary/high school level. National volunteer program that facilitates partnerships between schools and industry to bring real STEM into the classroom.
  • BioQuisitive (Melbourne): For all ages (minors need adult supervision). BioQuisitive is a charity community science lab established to democratise access to science, and runs a series of life-sciences workshops. Prices ~$50 per workshop.
  • BrainSTEM (Australia/International): For high school students. Program allows students to participate in real world STEM Innovation and Research with the guidance of a STEM mentor.
  • In2Science (Victoria): Low SES school students. An innovative multi-university school partnership program that places university students as peer mentors in schools. No fee.
  • Rotary Science and Engineering challenge (Australia): Year 10 students. The Challenge aims to inspire students in Year 10 to consider a future career in Science and Engineering by choosing to study the enabling sciences in year 11 and 12. Search the web for the link for your region.
  • Gene Technology and Access Centre (GTAC; Australia): For high school students. Runs hands-on genetics experiments either in Melbourne, or comes to your school. Rural government school students are fully subsidised for program costs by the DET and are eligible for assistance with travel costs. Students from schools classified as metropolitan disadvantaged also qualify for fully subsidised program costs by DET. All other schools will incur a small cost per student.

 

STEM Resources.

 

STEM Competitions:

  • Little Big Ideas (Australia): Open to grade 3 to year 8 students. Annual invention competition run by Origin Energy. Ten finalists (and a parent) get $1,000 and are flown to Melbourne to develop their idea and prototype. Three winners (and a parent) get flown to USA to go to NASA, Disney Land and Ripley’s Believe it or Not! No entry cost.
  • Aurecon Bridge Building Competition (Australia and NZ): Open to Australian years 8 – 9 students or NZ year 9 -10 students. Using materials supplied by Aurecon, students design and construct a model bridge using provided guidelines. Judging takes place in August No entry cost.

 

STEM Opportunities:

  • STA’s Superstars of STEM (Australia): Open to STEM professionals. Aims to smash society’s gender assumptions about scientists and increase the public visibility of women in STEM. It does this by equipping female scientists and technologists with advanced communication skills, and providing them with genuine opportunities to use these skills – in the media, on the stage and in speaking with decision makers.
  • STA’s STEM Ambassador Program (Australia): Open to STEM professionals and federal Members of Parliament. The program seeks to establish an enduring impact by connecting STEM professionals with Federal decision makers over a period of 12 months.