Successful Students – STEM Program | About the project

About the project

Skilling the Bay

Skilling the Bay’s key purpose is to support the future prosperity of Geelong by focusing on skills development and education.

Key aims:

  • Raising educational attainment levels across the region
  • Skilling and re-skilling workers transitioning to the new economy
  • Increasing workforce participation


This Geelong based project started in 2011, and is funded by a Victorian State Government initiative. Funds have been allocated to deliver 10 projects supporting the aims of Skilling the Bay, beginning in 2012 and continuing through to the end of 2017.

One of these projects is the Successful Students - STEM program.

The projects will:

  • Engage people in education, training and career pathways;
  • Build skills aligned to strategic growth industries; and
  • Support innovation and job creation.

For more information about other skilling the bay projects, visit: http://www.thegordon.edu.au/industry/skilling-the-bay/

Successful Students – STEM Program

The Skilling the Bay project, Successful Students – STEM Program, involves an intervention that will include Deakin University project team members working with Geelong secondary schools, focusing on Years 7 and 8 STEM-related subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

This three-year project aims to increase the capacity of secondary schools and science teachers to teach contemporary science and technology using innovative teaching to increase student progression into STEM pathways. Schools will work with industry and research institutes to create programs in STEM education to improve student attitudes to and competence in science through exposure to contemporary STEM practice and increase retention into further STEM education and employment.

The objectives of the Program are to:

  • improve educator capability and innovation in the teaching of STEM related subjects in schools;
  • improve student attainment levels in STEM related subjects in partner schools;
  • develop consistency of pedagogy in the teaching of STEM related subjects; and
  • improve students’ awareness of and aspirations for STEM related education, training and employment pathways.

Partnerships

This project builds on Greater Geelong’s strengths in research, industry and technology to leverage Geelong based world class research centres (Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre, CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory, CSIRO Materials Science & Engineering), as well as a series of innovative Deakin University STEM education research and development projects:

  • CADET - Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training: a partnership of Deakin University, Gordon Institute, Belmont High and Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College to improve access and pathways into STEM careers to address Australia’s critical engineering skills shortage;
  • Discovery Project - Enhancing the quality of Science Learning through a representation-intensive pedagogy;
  • Linkage Project - Developing digital pedagogies in inquiry science through a cloud-based teaching and learning environment;
  • REMSTEP - Reconceptualising Mathematics and Science Teacher Education programs through collaborative partnerships between scientists and educators develop new teacher education practices that align contemporary practices in the sciences with innovative and engaging approaches to teaching and learning;
  • SOSSPL - Switched On Secondary Science: A Professional Learning Program for Secondary Teachers; and
  • STEPS - Science Teacher Education Partnerships with Schools: Developed a partnership model for how universities (and other groups) can work with schools.

Partnership members will work with industry and research institutes to create programs in STEM education to improve student attitudes to and competence in science through exposure to contemporary STEM practice and thus increase retention into further STEM education and employment.