Continual advancements in technology are changing how students learn, connect and interact daily. Skills students develop through STEM provide them with the foundation to succeed at school and beyond. Research indicates that 75% of the fastest growing occupations require STEM skills and that Australian businesses competing in a global economy will need more employees trained in these specific subjects.

Women in particular are commonly underrepresented in the traditional STEM subjects in schools and universities, however, engaging women in STEM is vital to solve many of our current world challenges.

STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to solve real world problems. It focusses on students developing future focused skills including:

  • problem solving
  • creativity
  • critical analysis
  • teamwork
  • independent thinking
  • initiative
  • communication
  • digital literacy


iSTEM is a NSW Department of Education approved elective course that students can study in Stage 5 (years 9 and 10). The aim of the course is to encourage and enhance student interest and skills in STEM. Students engage in project-based learning to appreciate the scope, impact and pathways into STEM careers and learn how to work collaboratively, entrepreneurially and innovatively to solve real world problems.  STEM was developed in collaboration with industry, business, government and universities to ensure that students are developing future focused STEM skills.

Throughout the course, students are provided with learning opportunities to develop knowledge and skills of up-to-date technologies such as 3D printing, laser cutters, augmented and virtual reality, drones, smart robotics and automation systems, Artificial Intelligence and a range of digital systems. Students gain and apply knowledge, deepen their understanding and develop collaborative, creative and critical thinking skills within authentic, real world contexts. The course uses inquiry, problem and project-based learning approaches to solve problems and produce practical solutions utilising engineering design processes.


The Elisabeth Carey STEM club is a co-curricular club which meets on Friday’s at lunchtime. It is for students who are passionate and have an interest in STEM based projects. The focus of sessions is on design skills and project-based learning specific to student’s personal interests.