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STEM Industry School Partnerships

STEM Industry School Partnerships

Engage. Inspire. Develop. Cultivate.

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Emailstem@det.nsw.edu.au

 

What is the STEM Industry School Partnerships (SISP) Program?

The STEM Industry School Partnerships (SISP) program is an initiative of the NSW Department of Education’s Educational Standards Directorate.

Through the collaboration of education with leading Australian companies, universities, government agencies and industry, the STEM Industry School Partnerships program provides an educational model that engages students, inspires them to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and prepares them for STEM enabled careers. The program aims to improve teacher confidence and their capacity to deliver integrated and cross-curricula STEM education programs in rural, remote, and regional NSW.

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SISP Program Statistics (2018-2020)

Program Ambassador - Adam Spencer

TV and radio presenter, author, comedian and self-confessed maths geek, Adam Spencer has been affiliated with the SISP program since its early days, and regularly supports our various initiatives as a SISP Ambassador.

 

 
 
 

“STEM education is critically important for developing Australia’s future workforce. It is crucial that students learn to apply their knowledge and understandings, enquire into their world and learn to solve complex, authentic problems in real-world scenarios. But this is an immense challenge for STEM educators. The SISP program aims to solve this challenge by equipping teachers with the tools they need to provide education for our rapidly changing world.”

Adam Spencer - SISP Ambassador

 

Colloboration with the Global NSW Strategy

The future prosperity of our people begins with education. NSW will require both digital skills and core skills needed in every workplace, such as problem-solving, creativity and collaboration, to thrive into the future. The STEM Industry School Partnerships program is collaborating with Investment NSW to support the STEM workforce development goals of the Global NSW strategy.

Interview with Adam Spencer - Global NSW Ingrid Marsh

STEM Industry Partnerships (SISP) program ambassador Adam Spencer talks with Ingrid Marsh, Director of Jobs and Industry Development for Investment NSW. 

In this far reaching interview, completed for the STEM 2020 On Demand conference, Ingrid explains to Adam all about the Global NSW strategy, its importance to STEM Education and the broader Australian economy. 

Ingrid discusses the NSW priority industries including, Advancing Manufacturing, Defence, Emerging Digital Technology, Cyber, Medtech, Space and Food and Beverage. 

The SISP program is working closely with Investing NSW to help delivery the workforce development initiatives that underpin the Global NSW strategy with emphasis on the priority industries discussed above. 

SISP program initiatives

Importance of STEM Education - Minister for Education and Early Childhood Sarah Mitchell 

NSW Minister for Education and Early Childhood, Hon Sarah Mitchell MLC, talks about why STEM education is so important for NSW schools.

'As technology is evolving as it is for students, I think STEM is a subject area we should have our children embracing' 

The STEM Industry School Partnerships (SISP) program was developed in direct response to the Council of Australia Governments (COAG) Education Council’s release of the National STEM School Education Strategy 2016 – 2026. 

The SISP program closely aligns with the strategy which aims to equip young people with STEM skills and knowledge by; increasing student STEM ability, engagement, participation and aspiration, facilitating effective partnerships with tertiary education providers, business and industry; and supporting STEM education opportunities within school systems.  

STEM Industry School Partnerships 2019 Pilot - Teaser Video

 

In 2019 the STEM Industry School Partnerships (SISP) program was successfully piloted in three regional areas of NSW, Cessnock, Crookwell and Orange. 

This teaser video presentation highlights the impact that the SISP program had on these communities and how working with Industry helps engage students with STEM. 

Three STEM Industry School Partnerships students explain why the program has had such a big influence on them and why they like STEM!

To view the extended version of the video visit About.

Meet Our Team

The multi award winning STEM Industry School Partnerships  team is made up of highly professional Department of Education specialist staff. The team is lead out of Curriculum Secondary Learners in the Educational Standards Directorate. Much of the leadership team is based in regional NSW with the head office in Parramatta. Our 11 STEM Project Officers are STEM educational leaders based in regiopnal NSW.

Click here to meet the team

Upcoming events

Monday

24

April

STEM 2021 ON DEMAND: Strategies for a rapidly changing world

Date

19 April-31 December

Time

All day

Location
Online, On Demand Event

A unique, online, on demand event bringing Australian educators and STEM professionals TED-style talks from world-renowned experts on creativity, innovation and STEM. The best part? It’s FREE! | Launching Monday 19 April 2021 The on demand content will include keynote presentations, workshops, live Q&A sessions, a virtual expo and a whole lot more! This event is ideal for teachers, students, parents, professionals and STEM enthusiasts alike. Join the discussion and be inspired. Registrations are now open! Register now for FREE and be the first to know as new presenters are added to the lineup, sponsors’ offers and more.

Monday

28

June

Virtual Space Mission

Date

28 June-03 July

Time

All day

Location
Online and Virtual

Join a team of NASA astronauts and space professionals to adventure into the future of space exploration online. Open to young astronauts ages 12 and up. June 28 – July 3 2021. Learn More and Register

Wednesday

21

July

Choose Your Own Adventure STEM Careers Day

Date

21 July

Time

9:00-11:00 AM

Location
Online

nbn are partnering with Amazon Web Services to deliver Choose Your Own Adventure STEM Careers Day. This virtual event is all about demonstrating to students considering a pathway in STEM, that there is a thriving industry filled with female developers, technology entrepreneurs and engineers, scientists, and mathematicians. This event is aimed at students in years 10 to 12 but is open to all students with an interest in a STEM career. The date is 21 July from 9 – 11am, you can find out more information and register via the link. The resources shared in this article are for your interest only. Inclusion of resources or links to external websites does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of any resources, their providers or any material on those websites.

Tuesday

27

July

8th Annual STEM Education Conference

Date

27-28 July

Time

All day

Location
Rydges World Square, Sydney

The NSW Department of Education and the STEM Industry School Partnerships program will be well represented at the forthcoming Stem Education Conference on 27-28 July at Rydges World Square, Sydney. The conference will see a return to a face-face format. Teachers have gone above and beyond to find innovative and resourceful ways to engage students through real-world problems and apply STEM learnings. Join us as we share and celebrate the best of the best in design, implementation, and collaboration in STEM education.

Tuesday

10

August

SCIENCE IN THE HOUSE

Date

10 August

Time

All day

Location
Parliament House

Given the important role of Science Education in the public discourse, the Science Teachers Association for NSW wants to celebrate and showcase some exemplary examples of science education initiatives with policy makers. The Science Teachers Association for NSW has teamed up with the Minister for Education and the Shadow Minister for Education to create an opportunity for Members of the NSW Parliament to come together on the cusp of National Science Week to recognise the great work being done by Science Teachers and Educators in this state. Science Education Initiatives will be invited to join us in an Expo style event to be held at Parliament House on Tuesday August 10. This event kicks off 7 days of celebration as part of 7 Decades in 7 Days, a week-long celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Science Teachers Association for NSW in and around National Science Week. The resources shared in this article are for your interest only. Inclusion of resources or links to external websites does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of any resources, their providers or any material on those websites.

Wednesday

11

August

COSPAR-K: A Space STEM Event

Date

11-15 August

Time

All day

Location
ICC Sydney

The SISP Program will take a lead role in the COSPAR-K program which will coincide with an international scientific assembly, COSPAR-2021-Hybrid and is the dedicated STEM Park hence the name COS(+)PAR-K was born. COSPAR-K will feature two hero zones: our Awesome Activities Arena and Spectacular Speakers Schedule. SISP-led events will include a plants in space showcase, model bottle rocket designing and testing, mars rover robotics simulations and a mars rover challenge. The SISP team will look to involve STEM students across NSW who are currently working on robotics programs at school through the iSTEM curriculum to showcase at this event. “I am so proud of the SISP team who have worked over the years to position our program among the world’s best in delivering engaging and exciting STEM education in schools. To have the COSPAR take notice and ask SISP to contribute to the COSPAR-K space science event in such a way is a real honour,” said Dr Sleap. “I’m particularly happy that the COSPAR organisers have asked the Department of Education to take the lead in providing equitable access to all students via the COSPAR-K TV Channel. “COSPAR-K TV will live-stream numerous events and videos and host interactive Q&A and interview sessions across the full program. “This is a great opportunity for SISP to provide our rural, regional and remote students with the same rare and exciting experience to not only access but also participate in content that would normally be available only to students who could attend in person. COSPAR-K will be a real equaliser in space science and discovery,” Dr Sleap said. Professor Boyce emphasised the importance of these conferences to pitch a future in STEM to the next generation of STEM leaders and researchers. “With the world’s leading space researchers and industries coming to Australia in January 2021, a once-in-a-generation opportunity exists to spark the next talent pool of STEM graduates,” he said. “We are making a deliberate effort to reach out to and motivate young people to pursue STEM careers that will contribute to Australia's advanced manufacturing economy. We see this as one of the lasting legacies of COSPAR 2021. “I’m therefore inviting teachers, students and the public to engage in a conversation about space to drive innovation for generational change. We want you to be part of building Australia’s future prosperity. Come and join us at COSPAR-K,” Professor Boyce said. The COSPAR and SISP teams have enjoyed collaborating and planning for this exciting space science adventure for Australian students. Both Professor Boyce and Dr Sleap are looking forward to sharing further information on the activities and opportunities as they are confirmed.