STEM Coach opportunity

Curious Minds is a program for girls in science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM).

As a STEM Coach you will be supporting bright Australian female students, from years 9 and 10, with the aim to encourage the continuation of their STEM studies.


Curious Minds is a hands-on extension and coaching program to ignite girls’ passion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The program was developed in response to the Australian Government’s 2014 Restoring the focus on STEM initiative, which aims to support improved science, mathematics and digital technology education in schools and promote improved results in international tests and increased take-up of STEM subjects at the post-secondary level.

The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) and Australian Science Innovations (ASI) jointly deliver the Curious Minds program.

Girls from rural, disadvantaged or Indigenous backgrounds will be particularly targeted.

Curious Minds 2020/21

We have invited 140 highly capable girls in years 9 and 10 who have an interest in STEM learning areas.

The girls will:
• be highly capable, hard-working and apply themselves
• be curious and have a love of learning
• have potential but may lack confidence in their own abilities
• be willing to engage
• have the maturity to live away from home for five nights

Students were identified through results of extension programs and competitions run by Australian Mathematics Trust and Australian Science Innovations.

The program will consist of summer and winter camps, with a six month mentoring program in-between.  Students and STEM coaches will be assigned to either Camp 1 (West) OR Camp 2 (East).

Summer Camps:

Camp 1 (West) – 6 to 9 December 2020

Camp 2 (East) – 13 to 16 December 2020

Winter Camps:

Camp 1 (West) – 4 to 6 July 2021

Camp 2 (East) – 8 to 10th July 2021

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the summer and winter camps will be held virtually. Both camps will involve keynote addresses by prominent women in STEM, a communications activity, lectures, supercharge subject sessions, tutorials and interactive sessions designed to foster relationships between mentor and mentee.

Coaching program overview

We recognise that the success and influence of the program can be greatly increased by ongoing follow-up.

The STEM coaching program is designed to provide real support for students who have enrolled in the Curious Minds program.

We are looking for STEM coaches from a variety of STEM fields to join our program from December 2020 to July 2021.

Coaches will receive full training, coaching resources, modules to guide conversations and ongoing support.

The coaching program will see each student matched with a female coach based on STEM area of interest and, where possible, geographical location. Your will support your student in a number of ways, maybe by talking career path and study options; helping research a STEM area of interest; have your student at your workplace for a visit. Modules will be provided to give you and your student ideas of useful things to do.


To develop a relationship with the student that stimulates her curiosity, inspires her enthusiasm and motivates her interest in STEM studies and careers.

Roles & responsibilities

• be a professional role model through friendliness, clear communication and setting appropriate boundaries
• actively listen, providing support and encouragement
• acknowledge the student’s strengths and talents, and encourage them to find ways to use them
• build student skills in critical thinking, logical reasoning and problem solving
• point to and encourage student to seek STEM role models and explore a wide variety of STEM related careers
• empower student, helping them to build resilience, courage and confidence
• link student to resources and information

• attend training sessions, meet your student day and follow-up session
• maintain an appropriate relationship with the student
• communicate with program manager if difficulties arise or support is needed
• participate in the evaluation process

For a copy of the Coach Code of Conduct please click here: Curious Minds STEM Coach Code of Conduct (coming soon).

Time commitment

It is expected that you would contact your student via phone or video call every three weeks, for approximately 60 minutes. Complete online ‘exit ticket’ to confirm contact. Some additional prep time is required. Some other contact (text, email) in between calls, as agreed between you and your student.

Other scheduled events include:

STEM Coaches will be assigned to either Camp 1 (West) OR Camp 2 (East).

*Compulsory event for STEM Coaches. All times are in Canberra time.

Event Description Time  Camp 1 (West) Camp 2 (East)
Webinar: Coaches Training 1 Introduction to STEM Coaching Program: Discuss program information, tips to engage a student, meet other coaches, questions. 8.30pm 25 November 2020 25 November 2020
STEM Coach

Speed Networking

STEM Coaches will be in breakout rooms in pairs with small groups of students that will circulate through the rooms at 6 minute intervals. Coaches are asked to have an ‘elevator pitch’ introduction to share with the students. 2 to 5pm 8 December 2020 15 December 2020
*STEM Coaching Workshop Stem Coaches meet their student/s and participate in interactive activities. 10 to 4pm *9 December 2020 *16 December 2020
Post Camp Check-in Webinar 8.30pm 11 February 2021 11 February 2021
Pre-Winter Camp Webinar 8.30pm 8 June 2021 8 June 2021
Wrap up session 10 to 4pm 6 July 2021 10 July 2021

Coach support

• Head Coach who will provide training, facilitate Coaches Catch Ups, and be a point of contact for questions or concerns
• programmed Modules to guide your contacts with your student
• coaching tips, reminders and updates emailed regularly, plus regular mentors giving you the chance to talk with other mentors to discuss progress
• online coach forum for questions and discussion


• make a difference in the life of a girl with a curious mind
• contribute to the future career of a potential STEM professional
• personal professional development
• a rewarding experience!

Selection Criteria

1. proven interest in STEM activities

2. desire and capability to work with young people, in particular high school students

3. understanding and agreement to coach responsibilities as listed in coach role description

4. hold (or be willing to obtain) a working with children check. Although camp is in the ACT, the relevant registration for your state is acceptable.

5. ability to commit to time requirements as described

How to apply

Applications for the 2020/21 program are now closed.

Email if you would like to be notified of future opportunities.

Working with children check

Coaches are required to hold a working with children check before they begin the program. Although working the ACT, the relevant registration for your state is acceptable.

For information related to your state please refer to:

ACT: Working with Vulnerable People
Free for volunteers

NSW: Working with Children Check
Free for volunteers

NT: Working with Children Clearance Notice
$7.00 for volunteers

QLD: Blue card
Free for volunteers

SA: Working with Children Check
$57.20 for volunteers

TAS: Working with Children Registration
$19.44 for volunteers

VIC: Working with Children Check
Free for volunteers

WA: Working with Children Check
$11.00 for volunteers

Payment and expenses overview

This role is a voluntary position. The program will not provide payment for time spent coaching, nor reimbursement for time lost from employment.

The program will cover the following costs:

• reimbursement for the fee paid to obtain a volunteer Working with Children Check (or state equivalent)

Closing date

Applications have now closed for 2020/21. If you would like to be notified of the 2021/22 application dates, please submit your EOI below. Alternatively, scroll further for additional information about the Curious Minds program.

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Head Coach: Toni Falusi