QUT’s Young Accelerators Program (formerly STEM for Schools) has been running since 2013 and is committed to inspiring the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) leaders. We provide meaningful STEM experiences for Year 7 to 12 students regardless of background, gender, academic level or location.

The future of employment is changing rapidly, with predictions that 75% of the fastest-growing occupations will require STEM-based technological skills. Our program creates opportunities for high school students to build enthusiasm for these STEM skills while drawing from the concepts of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

We deliver fully funded on-campus workshops, events and professional learning across STEM disciplines to help schools understand the importance of STEM skills and the broad range of future study and career opportunities STEM offers.

Our talented STEM Student Ambassadors inspire, lead and connect with program participants bringing diversity and real-world inspiration into all our activities.

In 2019 over 10,915 high school students, teachers and parents from across 295 schools experienced STEM workshops and events at QUT. We also provided 827 teachers in professional learning opportunities.

The Young Accelerators program is part of QUT’s STEM School Engagement program which was named international Gold Award winner of the K-12 category (kindergarten to Year 12) at the prestigious Reimagine Education Awards, which are billed as the ‘Oscars’ of Education. Read more about this prestigious win.

Impact of our STEM for Schools Program (2015 - 2019)

Impact of our STEM High School Engagement Program (2013 - 2018)

Impact of STEM School Engagement Program for Reimagine Education Awards

Student experiences


STEM Camp in 2020 is offering an exciting program for students in Year 11. Engage in a week long camp to solve problems of today and explore a future that combines creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship through STEM.

About the camp

High school internships

Our internships are an opportunity for Year 11 and 12 students to expand their STEM skills, explore career ambitions and experience first-class research.

About internships

Experience The Cube

Book interactive 30-minute experiences for school groups in Year 7-12, held at one of the world's largest interactive digital display systems.

Available experiences

Widening participation

We work with under-represented school groups to build aspiration for university study, particularly in the STEM fields.

We want to break down the barriers to entry to university, and make studying and applying accessible to students from all backgrounds.

How we work


28 Sep 2020

Countdown to STEM Camp 2020

The QUT Young Accelerators STEM Camp is a fun and challenging experience for high-achieving Year 11 students to accelerate their understanding and exposure to research and innovation in STEM.

11 Sep 2020

STEM education at QUT recognised by Queensland awards

A QUT-based program designed to support the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) leaders has won a major education award, as announced by the Queensland Government.

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