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.

Term 2
Event Date Time Location

STEM projects / skills development classes (Year 7 – 9) 

Every Wednesday and Friday

7.40-8.30am Ashdale College

Dealing with difficult communication

Wednesday, 28 April 2021 3.15-4.00pm Carine Senior High School
Classroom Management Strategies Friday, 7 May 2021 9.00am-12.00pm Comet Bay College

Strategies for working with students with diagnosed conditions

Wednesday, 12 May 2021 3.15-4.00pm Carine Senior High School
Observation of STEM lesson with live commentary Wednesday, 12 May 2021 7.45-8.30am Ashdale College
STEM Champions cluster students & parents after school workshop Tuesday, 18 May 2021 5.00-6.30pm Ashdale College
Classroom Management Strategies and STEM Professional Learning Wednesday, 19 May 2021 3.15-4.15pm Melville Senior High School
Project Based Learning & Solution Fluency Wednesday, 26 May 2021 9.00am-12.00pm Comet Bay College

Observe in Nautilus & STEM Academy

Wednesday, 26 May 2021 12.15- 2.50pm Comet Bay College
Lesson design and framing questions for active participation Wednesday, 26 May 2021 3.15-4.00pm Carine Senior High School
Nearpod Wednesday, 9 June 2021 3.15-4.00pm Carine Senior High School
Differentiation with ICT Wednesday, 23 June 2021 3.15-4.00pm Carine Senior High School


Term 3
Event Date Time Location

STEM Girls Day Camp

Saturday, 18 September 2021


Ashdale College

Harry Potter Year 7 Enrichment


  Ashdale College


Carine Senior High School - register directly through event links.To register your interest or for more information on upcoming professional learning opportunities contact the school directly:

Ashdale College - or register directly through event links.

Comet Bay College -

Melville Senior High School- or register directly through event links.

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.