About us

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.

What's on in 2021

We will have a range of COVID-safe activities for students and teachers in 2021 including our signature events for Year 11s and 12s - our High School Research Internships and STEM Camp.

Our workshops program is available to students in Years 7 - 12 so have a look at the range of exciting curriculum-mapped offerings for 2021. And for teachers we have a range of Professional Development opportunities for you next year.

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 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

Explore STEM careers

Explore the myriad of careers in STEM and develop skills to help you explore your future career options.

Explore your STEM future

Award-winning program

The Young Accelerators program has received a number of accolades in recognition of the high quality programming delivered to students, teachers and school and industry partners.

As part of QUT’s STEM School Engagement program Young Accelerators was named international Gold Award winner of the K-12 category (kindergarten to Year 12) at the prestigious Reimagine Education Awards. Read more about this prestigious win.

QUT Young Accelerators was also recently awarded the STEM Education Partnership Award in the Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM for 2020 through the Queensland Department of Education. This award is recognition of our contribution to STEM education in Queensland. Read more about this award.

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

Widening participation

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

Our Widening Participation Program aims to break down the barriers to entry to university, and make studying and applying accessible to students from all backgrounds. In particular providing support for low income, rural and Indigenous students from eligible schools.

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18 Feb 2021

Study success: Father and son celebrate dual QUT graduations

New QUT graduates Jack and Bhosten Savage spent last year studying remotely from two different cities, but yesterday the father and son reunited in Brisbane for their second graduation ceremony this summer.

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