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
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.
High school workshops
We offer free, curriculum-mapped STEM workshops for high school groups. The workshops are held at our Science and Engineering Centre, and run for either half a day or a full day.Available workshops
Future You (STEM) Summit
We're bringing the Future You STEM Summit (previously known as our STEM Camp) to locations around Queensland in 2021.
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.
STEM Learning Hub
Visit our STEM Learning Hub for educational resources designed to support teachers, students, and parents across a range of topics including curriculum-linked resources, professional development workshops, online lessons and printable resources.Explore Learning Hub
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!
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.
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.
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