Child in the Ground Up exhibition at Scienceworks.

Science and STEM Education

Help us make life-changing impacts through STEM education by inspiring the next generation of enquiring minds.

Our education reach is unparalleled in the cultural sector and our museums break down barriers for people of all ages to make sense of the world through science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Since reopening our museums after the COVID-19 lockdown period in November 2020, more than 80% of visitors to our museums have been families. Our museums are uniquely placed to bridge the gap between learning at school and learning at home, creating opportunities for parents, carers and children to learn together.

From our hands-on experiences at Scienceworks, to inspirational exhibitions such as the world’s finest Triceratops (opening 2022 at Melbourne Museum), our museums harness the power of science to inspire future generations of explorers, critical thinkers and innovators.

The initiatives outlined below provide an example of future projects we aim to deliver with your support.

Families for a thriving future

99% of parents want to be involved in their child’s STEM education, however most don’t understand what their role is.1

We are seeking to grow family-based workshops and programs that will build confidence in engaging with STEM and science-based climate content.

Through this program, parents and carers, together with their children, will be invited to join Museums Victoria’s scientists and educators in an interactive program which explores how STEM skills can equip the next generation to realise a thriving and sustainable future.

STEM in a Van: Regional Outreach Program​

Museums Victoria’s Outreach program visits every Local Government Area across the state and reached over 140,000 people in 2018–2019. Part of the Outreach program, Museum in a Van offers a range of programs and workshops delivered by museum experts and educators that are centred on natural sciences, immigration and social history.

We want to build on the success of these programs to provide students aged between 4 to 7 years old with hands-on workshops incorporating themes such as robotics, astronomy, geology, chemistry and computing and build their confidence in STEM skills, digital technologies, problem solving and ecoliteracy.

Women in Science Scholarship

In Australia, only 29% of people working across STEM-qualified industries are women.2

Our Women in Science Scholarships will support women returning to research careers after a career break and includes access to mentoring opportunities and assistance with building new research networks.

We want to create more opportunities for women to thrive in their science careers across our museums, inspiring young women to study STEM subjects and ultimately to pursue careers in STEM.

Donate and support

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

If you would like to learn more about our projects, please contact the Museums Victoria Development Team on +61 (0) 435 174 216 or [email protected].

You can also support Science and STEM Education by joining the Director’s Circle and enjoy unparalleled access to your special interest while playing an integral role in its future success.​

Unless otherwise agreed, Museums Victoria reserves the right to determine at its sole discretion the initiatives to be delivered and how any donated funds are to be applied.

1 Silander, M., Grindal, T., Hupert, N., Garcia, E., Anderson, K., Vahey, P. & Pasnik, S. (2018). What Parents Talk About When They Talk About Learning: A National Survey About Young Children and Science. New York, NY, & Menlo Park, CA: Education Development Center, Inc., & SRI International.

2 The Australian Government STEM Equity Monitor 2021, a national data report on girls’ and women’s participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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