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About STEM Works

STEM is the integrated learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

STEM Works is a $250 million investment by the State Government to provide 139 schools with modern STEM facilities to enrich teaching and learning.

These contemporary facilities will support cutting-edge teaching and learning approaches to help prepare students for future jobs in a range of industries.

Around 75,000 students across the 139 schools will benefit from these refurbished and redeveloped learning facilities.

Importance of STEM skills

75% of jobs in the next 10 years will require STEM skills.

The STEM Works program will give our teachers the specialist facilities they need to:

  • inspire innovation and creativity
  • stimulate imagination
  • challenge students.

What it will look like

The program departs from conventional classroom settings in favour of integrated learning areas. These may consist of small group learning rooms, individual breakout spaces, laboratories, collaborative learning spaces and outdoor learning areas.

No two STEM Works facilities will be identical and each site has been designed to match the needs of its local school community.

Learning spaces will be fitted out to specialise in areas that may include robotics, 3D printing, food production, laser cutting, agricultural engineering and health.

The construction phase

STEM Works construction started in 2016, with all projects anticipated to be finalised by December 2018.

The $250 million investment is being shared between 139 primary, secondary and R-12   schools.  This includes up to $1 million per school in 77 primary schools, $2.5 million per school in 44 secondary schools and $3.5 million per school in 18 R-12 schools

You can check on the progress of specific schools, including some concept images and floor plans, on the STEM schools page.

Contact

STEM Works team

Phone: 8226 6559
EmailDECD.STEMWorks [at] sa.gov.au