STEM professional experiences

STEM professional experiences

Undertaking a placement in a STEM specialist school provides pre-service teachers with additional skills and experiences required for a range of educational settings.

Having the ability to teach and integrate STEM across all learning areas is vital to teachers and enables children to develop the skills needed to constantly adapt in a dynamic and evolving global landscape.

We have established STEM professional experience opportunities in four secondary schools where pre-service teachers gain specialised skills and participate in a STEM focussed mentoring program. In addition to these, we have a large number of STEM specialist primary and secondary schools across the State suitable for professional experiences.

We encourage pre-service teachers from all learning areas to apply and broaden their STEM cross-curriculum skills.


Ashdale Secondary College has state of the art facilities and a whole school STEM approach. As a teacher development school, pre-service professional experience opportunities include:

  • The ICT Approved Specialist Program focussing on an interdisciplinary approach across STEM subjects. The program includes two Institutes:
    • Creative Technologies Institute
    • STEM Institute.
  • Access to teaching mentors who use a STEM matrix to engage students in the transferable skills of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication across the curriculum.

Carine Senior High School recognises and prioritises a whole school approach to STEM with a focus on visible learning, creative thinking and problem solving. Pre-service professional experience opportunities include:

  • The Academic Extension Program offering lower secondary students the opportunity to participate in up to five extension classes including areas of mathematics and science.
  • The Gifted and Talented Program, our selective entrance program.

Comet Bay College is a highly-awarded STEM school with modern facilities. As a STEM teacher development school, pre-service professional experience opportunities include:

  • A STEM Innovation School, in partnership with our Innovation Unit, leading teacher development in STEM activities in schools.
  • The Gifted and Talented Program, our selective entrance program.

Melville Senior High School is a highly-awarded STEM school and leader in integrating technology and learning. Pre-service professional experience opportunities include:

A large number of our primary and secondary public schools across the State are committed to the development and implementation of a whole school STEM approach. These schools are recognised for their expertise in STEM, and have programs in place that support other schools and the teachers within them to collaborate and develop their own contemporary STEM practices.

Our Teacher Development Schools have been developed to offer professional learning on teaching and learning practices in specialised areas including mathematics, science, digital technologies, design and technologies and broader STEM across the curriculum.

View all STEM specialist public schools in WA.

Ashdale College

  • STEM projects / skills development classes (Year 7 – 9)
    Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday all year (from week commencing 13 February)
    7.45 – 8.45am
  • Staff Development Day STEM workshops
    Friday, 26 Feb 2021
  • STEM Champions cluster students & parents after school workshop
    Tuesday, 2 March 2021
    Tuesday, 18 May 2021
  • Teaching innovation in a STEM classroom
    Wednesday, 24 March 2021
  • Observation of STEM lesson with live commentary
    Tuesday, 11 May 2021
  • STEM Girls Day Camp
    Saturday, 26 June 2021
  • Harry Potter Year 7 Enrichment
  • ‘How to?’ of a STEM classroom lesson

Email to register your interest or for more information on upcoming professional learning opportunities.

Carine Senior High School

  • Induction Day
    Thursday, 28 January 2021
    3.15 – 4.00pm
  • Low Key Classroom engagement skills
    Tuesday, 23 February 2021
    3.15 - 4.00pm
  • Making Thinking Visible
    Tuesday, 9 March 2021
    3.15 - 4.00pm
  • Project Based Learning and Solution Fluency
    Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Register your interest on the Carine Senior High School website.

Comet Bay College

  • Classroom Management Strategies
    Friday, 7 May 2021
  • Project Based Learning & Solution Fluency
    Wednesday, 26 May 2021
  • Observe in Nautilus & STEM Academy
    Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Email to register your interest or for more information on upcoming professional learning opportunities.

Melville Senior High School

  • STEM in the classroom and STEM across the school
    Wednesday, 3 March 2021
  • Classroom Management Strategies and STEM Professional Learning
    Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Email to register your interest or for more information on upcoming professional learning opportunities.

Arrange your placement

If you would like to undertake a STEM professional experience at a public school, speak to your university professional experience team directly. Email us if you are unsure if your placement or selected school is suitable.