STEM Coach opportunity
Curious Minds is a program for girls in science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Applications for STEM Coaches for the 2021/22 program have now closed.
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.
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.
Girls from rural, disadvantaged or Indigenous backgrounds will be particularly targeted.
Curious Minds 2021/22
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 camp dates:
Curious Minds West Camp: Sunday 5 December – Wednesday 8 December 2021(WA, NT, QLD and SA)
Curious Minds East Camp: Sunday 12 December – Wednesday 15 December 2021 (ACT, NSW, VIC and TAS)
Winter camp dates:
Winter Camp West: Sunday 3 July – Tuesday 5 July 2022 (WA, NT, QLD and SA)
Winter Camp East Thursday 7 July – Saturday 9 July 2022 (ACT, NSW, VIC and TAS)
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 2021 to July 2022.
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
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).
• 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!
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 STEM Coaches for the 2021/22 program have now closed.
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 https://form.act.gov.au/smartforms/servlet/SmartForm.html?formCode=1318
NSW: Working with Children Check
Free for volunteers http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au
NT: Working with Children Clearance Notice
$7.00 for volunteers https://nt.gov.au/emergency/community-safety/apply-for-a-working-with-children-clearance
QLD: Blue card
Free for volunteers http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au
SA: Working with Children Check
$57.20 for volunteers https://screening.sa.gov.au/types-of-check/new-working-with-children-checks
TAS: Working with Children Registration
$19.44 for volunteers https://www.cbos.tas.gov.au/topics/licensing-and-registration/registrations/work-with-vulnerable-people/applications/apply
VIC: Working with Children Check
Free for volunteers http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
WA: Working with Children Check
$11.00 for volunteers https://workingwithchildren.wa.gov.au/
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)
Applications close Sunday 3 October 2022.