Generation STEM

About Generation STEM 

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The Hills Shire Council and the CSIRO are collaborating to deliver the launch of the Generation STEM program. The program is aimed to inspire local Year 9 and 10 students into STEM educational and career pathways, showcasing the exciting job opportunities available in the Hills region. 

What is “STEM”?

STEM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). 

What is the Generation STEM Program?

As we move into an era of fast-paced technological disruption, an innovative STEM-skilled workforce will be essential for the growth of our nation and economic prosperity.

Local High School students will be given the opportunity to address real-world local challenges in Generation STEM; a new initiative launching in the Hills District to empower young people to pursue a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) career.

The CSIRO and The Hills Shire Council are collaborating to deliver the first program launched under the initiative, the STEM Community Partnership Program (STEM CPP). Major new developments in Western Sydney, including the Western Sydney Airport, will create a wealth of growth opportunities across all industries in region. To pursue these opportunities, industry needs greater access to a workforce with skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). 

The program will connect local students with businesses to develop the student’s STEM skills and inspire them to undertake a career in a STEM industry. Students will address real challenges faced by the local community and present their STEM solutions at an end-of-year Project Showcase.

The invitation is now open to schools to participate in the program and arm their students with the skills needed for the future. The program has proven highly successful in other regions of Western Sydney.

Interested to read more? Click here to find out more about Generation STEM on the CSIRO website.

If you are a local business that would like to get involved, email

For enquiries, contact the Generation STEM team or Council's Economic Development team:

Contact the Generation STEM team

Contact our Economic Development team

Generation STEM benefits for your local school

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The STEM Community Partnerships Program invites students from Years 9 and 10 to participate in STEM inquiry-based projects to address challenges faced by the local community.

The program connects teachers and students with STEM businesses, showcasing the relevance of STEM in everyday life and increasing student engagement in related subjects. Through participation in the STEM CPP, students benefit from:

  • Exposure to real-world applications of STEM
  • Development of problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills
  • Heightened awareness of local STEM career pathways 

The program also has a wide variety of benefits for teachers. A professional learning day provides teachers with the skills and confidence needed to support students in open-inquiry based projects. We also provide resources to support lesson planning and the delivery of the Australian curriculum. Teachers will be also able to build meaningful connections with local STEM industry professionals through mentorships and industry engagement activities.

If you are a school representative or parent/carer that would like your school to get involved, visit or email

Benefits of the STEM Community Partnerships Program (STEM CPP) for Hills STEM industries

Joining the STEM CPP is highly beneficial for STEM professionals and employers. Being part of the program will help build a talent pool of highly skilled 'work-ready' students ready to transition to the local STEM workforce. It's also an opportunity for you to partner with local schools and showcase the importance of your company and/or industry to the local community.

Best of all, there's no cost for business owners to be part of the STEM CPP.

Program activities

There are a number of different ways you/your business can get involved in STEM CPP and inspire local students to pursue a STEM career pathway.

1. Industry workshops

Annual workshops are held with industry and local government to identify the biggest challenges in your region. These challenges will then provide stimulus for the students to find STEM solutions for these local challenges. Allow one hour workshop plus networking and travel time.

2. Mentoring

As an industry mentor, you will provide support to teachers throughout the inquiry projects and bring a real-world perspective into the classroom. Mentor time is flexible and negotiated between teachers and STEM professionals.

3. Industry visits

Just one encounter with a STEM professional at work can spark a lifetime passion for STEM. Help us take students out of the classroom and into the workplace to witness the real-world applications of STEM by hosting a tour of your business.

A visit to your workplace will demonstrate the different STEM careers available to students in their community. Allow 45 minutes per visit plus planning time with CSIRO project officers, who will assist with the logistical planning of the visit.

4. Student showcase

Attend an end-of-year student showcase event to see students present ideas that solve local challenges. Your questions and support could lead to the development and further use of the concept. Allow 30 minutes to two hours.

5. Masterclass

Deliver a masterclass on a topic that showcases your business and industry's work and innovation, whilst engaging students in the real-world application of STEM. We'll work with you to develop the content of the masterclass to make sure it is fun and engaging.

6. Work experience

Provide the opportunity for a student to experience what working in your business or industry is like. This is a flexible arrangement to suit your workplace.

Interested to read more? Click here to find out more about Generation STEM for your business on the CSIRO website.

Next steps for local business

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All local businesses with an interest in STEM, are encouraged to get involved and help build the workforce of the future. Opportunities include mentoring teachers, hosting site visits, delivering a masterclass or even providing work experience opportunities.

If you are a local business that would like to get involved, email

Click here to find out more about Generation STEM

Click here to find out more about the STEM Community Partnership Program (CPP)

For enquiries, contact the Generation STEM team or Council's Economic Development team:

Contact the Generation STEM team

Contact our Economic Development team