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STEM Partnership

We are immensely proud to have such an amazing STEM partner with St Stephen’s School as their exclusive Northern Suburbs host – an “inspirational and aspirational environment”. St Stephen’s School is focused on equipping the next generation with important STEM skills.

“It’s about creativity, it’s about collaboration, and most importantly, letting your imagination run free.” Donatella Beare, Principal St Stephen’s School.

Boost digital literacy in the classroom

Digital literacy means having the skills you need to live, learn and work in a society where communication and access to information is increasingly through internet platforms, social media and mobile devices.

For many teachers and students, it is a minefield – which is why Perth-based education provider STEMSmart, previously Fire Tech Australia, is helping teachers navigate the largely unchartered terrain through a number of programs aimed to improve student digital literacy while upskilling teachers in the latest technology.

The company’s multi-faceted approach includes school incursions, co-curricular activities, after-school clubs and professional learning opportunities.

WA students still have a “long way to go’’ when it comes to digital literacy. In WA, only 54 per cent of Year 6s achieved a “proficient” benchmark last year which, despite being one per cent above the national average, was a five per cent fall on the state’s results in 2011.

The fifth cycle of the National Assessment program – Information Communication Technology Literacy released by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority in December 2018 – identified “an opportunity in Australia for student ICT literacy to improve”.

STEMSmart managing director Andrea Conte says the organisation teaches people of all ages how to become confident digital citizens, having run courses in more than 100 schools since it launched in 2016.

He says teachers who have engaged STEMSmart in the classroom and for their own digital education have reported greater confidence in delivering Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Arts programs – and desire to learn more.

“Our aim is to cultivate a stimulating environment for challenging design thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration skills – while having a whole lot of fun along the way,’’ Mr Conte said.

School Incursions

STEMSmart is the leading STEM+ education provider, delivering courses to more than 2500 students and teachers in schools across metropolitan and regional WA, run by tutors fully background checked with current WWC and NPC checks.

Professional Learning
PLs focus on improving STEM+ knowledge and practice in coding, robotics and DT curriculum implementation.

After School Clubs
STEMSmart After-School STEM+ extension clubs have a ratio of eight students per tutor in all sessions to ensure all children receive the support they need to excel.

Drop us a line to find out more or call 1300 347 383.

STEMSmart 2018: A Whirlwind Adventure in STEM

STEMSmart 2018 –

As 2018 draws to a close, we send our biggest thank yous to all our tutors, staff members, and schools who have made such an amazing whirlwind STEMSmart, previously Fire Tech Australia, 2018 adventure possible 😊❤️️

It has been great to reflect on what just one small team of dedicated STEM ambassadors have set out to do – and achieved!


OUR YEAR OF DIGI-TECH STEAM –

We saw more than 2000+ bright-eyed students up-skilling in tech know-how for their futures. Including Seniors at City of Stirling libraries and ages 12 – 25+ at City of Swan’s FuturesLab community.

2018 also saw a new partnership blossom with Edith Cowan University (ECU) School of Engineering, whose students have become some of our best tutors yet this year.

In the education sphere, we reached out to providing digital technology access for kids of all abilities – in the ESC world too! Special mention to Cyril Jackson Senior Campus ESC for your hard work throughout the entire year!

Our education team also switched up the game providing professional learning to teachers across Perth – who are fighting the front-line battle to get kids future-ready, while learning so much on the job themselves. Your perseverance, willingness to learn and work ethic are inspiring.

Teacher PD STEMSmart 2018 STEM Professional Learning


Top Memories 2018 –

Before we shut down for Christmas the STEMSmart Team collected a selection of our top memories from 2018 – and here they are!

Top Left:
Taking a road trip inland to visit some great kids at AASQA-Wasm Coder Dojo – Kalgoorlie. And making the biggest Ozobot map on the floor with masking tape!

Top Right:
Making new friends with Lionheart Camp For Kids, distracting families who have recently dealt with the burden of grief and teaching resilience sideways through tech.

Bottom Left:
Coming oh-so-close at 2nd place for the WAIITA awards. Realising how important transforming tech-skills is both inside and outside of education and re-aligning our mission since to keep doing even more.

Bottom Right:
Just having so much fun in the Edith Cowan University (ECU) School of Engineering robotics lab inspiring kids. VR, coding, mechanised robots – we can’t wait to see what the next-gen engineers and scientists bring!


in the news –

  • Our team also worked hard to release 6 new tech courses.
  • Recieved runner-up in the WAIITA Transformative Education Impact awards.
  • Took a road trip to Kalgoorlie to teach tech to AASQA Coder Dojo Kids!
  • And taught kids, grandparents, and fans how to fly drones at the Optus Stadium for Eagles Fans.

A TEAM ON A MISSION –

This year we are most proud to have more than double our STEAM outreach initiatives to communities all over WA at STEM festivals, volunteer workshops and own #Sheroes animation program.

There have been so many small transformations (and some big ones – goodbye “camp!”). But all the effort invested has been leading us ever forwards to our goal: tech skills for all. So that everyone is equipped for their best future.

What a transformation… We love our new shiny red branding!


FULL STEAM AHEAD TO 2019…

What an adventure! It certainly is time to take a well-earned break.

Thank you again to our STEMSmart family for an amazing 2018. See you on the other side of New Years!

Best Wishes for 2019,

From the STEMSmart Team.



Christmas Hours 2018:
January Workshop bookings will still be available to book online.
Our office will be closed until January 2nd while our team enjoys a well-earned rest with family and friends. Merry Christmas!