STELR will use the grant to produce a series of up to 20 video profiles using female role models in STEM industries to encourage girls to engage in STEM fields.
The grant was one of 24 made to a variety of Australian organisations, totalling $3.9 million, under Round 1 funding from the $8 million Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship grant program under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.
The program aims to encourage girls and women to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The STELR videos will be integrated into its national school education program, cover a range of STEM fields and involve all states and territories.
The profiles will consist of interviews overlayed with video and still images of the subject at work to ensure that the videos are authentic and relevant to young women.
The video profiles will be posted on the STELR website, supported by classroom activities and supporting curriculum materials and embedded into STELR web-based lessons.
The aim of the videos is to inspire girls to pursue STEM careers and boost enrolments of girls in STEM subjects in senior years of schooling by highlighting study pathways.
STELR (Science and Technology Education Leveraging Relevance) is an in-curriculum teaching program started nine years ago as an ATSE response to the declining participation in STEM subjects in schools and tertiary institutions.
STELR is now used in nearly 550 Australian secondary schools (around 20 per cent) with an estimated 55,000 secondary students and more than 1,500 teachers involved each year.