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Science and STEM Education

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

Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills are life skills, and are fundamental to critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving. Our education reach is unparalleled in the cultural sector, paired with our year-round exhibitions and research, our museums break down barriers for people of all ages to engage with STEM and inspire a life-long interest in science.    

A leading centre for STEM enquiry, Scienceworks is dedicated to showcasing contemporary science and technology, immersing more than 500,000 visitors each year - including 80,000 school children - in the innovations that will shape our future. 

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

Robotics on the Road

We believe STEM is for everyone. However, research shows that children most often lose interest in STEM subjects at a pivotal point between the ages of 11 and 15. Our STEM robotics workshops are designed to excite and engage children, with a focus on the middle years, with hands-on activities to build logic and algorithmic thinking, problem solving, collaboration, creativity and coding skills. With your support we will take these robotics workshops to more schools and students in regional Victoria, with a focus on areas of disadvantage. 

Women in Science Scholarship

Women make up almost half the paid workforce in Australia,1 however only 28% of the people working in STEM-qualified industries are women.2

We aim to be a working exemplar for women and girls to pursue STEM careers.  

Our Women in Science Scholarships will provide women returning to research careers after a career break, as well as those in their early careers with access to mentoring opportunities and assistance with building new research networks. 

Join us in creating more opportunities for women to thrive in their science careers. 

Triceratops Family Learning

Harnessing the universal fascination and appeal of the 67 million-year-old Triceratops at Melbourne Museum, we want to deliver new family-based education programs designed for children and their carers to learn together and engage with STEM principles.  

By connecting with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world, our vision is to inspire generations of curious explorers and scientists-of-the-future.  

We will apply our expertise in intergenerational learning to grow opportunities for parents, carers and children to learn together. 

Families for a thriving future | Project Funded

99% of parents want to be involved in their child’s STEM education, however most don’t understand what their role is.3

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. 

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  Australian Bureau of Statistics, Changing female employment over time, 18/3/2021

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).

3 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.

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