Successful Students – STEM Program | SS-STEM Program

Successful Students - STEM Program

The Successful Students – STEM Program, includes a:

  • Professional learning program, and
  • Student ambassador program

Professional Learning Program

Teams of teachers from participating schools will participate in series of professional learning days over the next three years.

These days are key to supporting teachers and schools to embrace contemporary STEM practices.

The Geelong schools participating in the SS-STEM Program are:

  • Belmont High School
  • Geelong Baptist College
  • Geelong High School
  • Grovedale College
  • Lara Secondary College
  • Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College
  • Newcomb Secondary College
  • Oberon High School
  • St Josephs College
  • Western Heights Secondary College

The professional learning days involve two days of working with the teachers to develop an “Action Plan” and a “Project” that they then implement. The teachers return after 8-12 weeks and report on their initiatives to the other project schools on a third day. This sequence occurs three times, each sequence having a specific focus in terms of the type of support provided to the teachers.

Across the program of formal professional learning days, there will be additional support such the Secondary STEM Teachers Network meetings (to be coordinated with BioLAB), and contact with the SS-STEM Project Officer, who will work with schools on a regular basis to support teacher learning and the planning and implementation of teachers’ projects.

Professional Learning focus Timing Days
Initiating and Planning day 2015: term 2, 2nd June Half day

Sequence 1.

Pedagogies and contemporary STEM practices

  • Presentations
  • Activities
  • Reporting Template
2015: term 3 and 4, 22nd-23rd July, 22nd October 2+1 days

Sequence 2.

Up-scaling and leading change Pedagogy

  • Problem based learning
  • Use of representations
  • Coding across STEM
  • Assessment in STEM related subjects
2016, term 1 and 2, 2nd-3rd March, 2nd June 2+1 days

Sequence 3.


2016: term 3 and 4, 20th-21st July, 10th November 2+1 days

Sequence 4.


2017: term 2 1 day

Student Ambassador Program


To recruit and train tertiary students in science and science education as mediators between the industry and research partners and schools to implement the resources developed by REMSTP and the Successful Students STEM Program and provide school students with university student-mentor support.

Role of the Ambassadors

The role of the student ambassadors is to:

  • Talk to students and teachers about their chosen area of study at university and intended career
  • Make clear the importance of a range of STEM subjects and possibilities for careers
  • Act as chaperones during Deakin-based activities
  • Be available to assist schools in implementing school programs:
    • Particular activities as directed by the teacher
    • Assist students with special projects, eg. Science Talent Search, F1 in Schools


Drawn from the Faculty of Science, Engineering, and the Built Environment SEBE, as well as the School of Education, from the Faculty of Arts and Science.

In 2015, Student Ambassadors were used in three of the SS-STEM Project Schools. In 2016 the expectation is that all Project schools will take advantage of the initiative.