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 2022

We will have a range of COVID-safe activities for students and teachers in 2022 including our signature events for Year 11s and 12s - our High School Research Internships and Future You STEM Summit.

Our workshops program is available to students in Years 7 - 12 so have a look at the range of exciting curriculum-mapped offerings for 2022. And for teachers we have a range of Professional Development opportunities for you next year.

Student experiences

Future You (STEM) Summit

We're bringing the Future You STEM Summit (previously known as our STEM Camp) to locations around Queensland in 2021.

About the summit

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

Girl power!

Are you a girl interested in STEM and feel like you are the only one? You aren't! Yes women are under-represented in STEM fields but at QUT we're committed to bridging the gender gap. We want to showcase the wonderful women working and studying at QUT who are breaking down the barriers for women and girls!

Explore Women in STEM

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.

Find out more

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


13 Dec 2021

STEM Summit tackling water security in Bundaberg

Local high school students rose to the challenge at the Future You STEM Summit event where they pitched their ideas on water saving technologies to industry partners under the guidance of QUT academic and student mentors.

13 Dec 2021

QUT wins top global award in the ‘Oscars of Education’

A QUT ‘real world’ learning program for design students has beaten an international field of 1100 entrants to win the top global award at the prestigious Wharton-QS Reimagine Education Awards in London.

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