The Office of the Chief Scientist has put out a STEM Programme Index to bring over 250 science, technology, engineering and mathematics scheme to schools.

The resource, called SPI 2016, is designed as an accessible guide to business, university, government and community-led initiatives to help students fast track their futures.

“The opportunities of the future will be made through STEM, for Australia and the Australians with the skills to thrive through change,” Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb said.

The handy resource was put together by the Australian Industry Group and the Office of the Chief Scientist, as part of the STEM Skills Partnerships programme.

“In order to build a competitive economy, we need workers with the kinds of skills developed in STEM-related disciplines,” Australian Industry Group Chief Executive Innes Willox said.

“This will not be achieved unless STEM skills are provided in the pipeline to the workforce. This resource provides a wealth of information for schools and industry alike to become leaders in STEM skills activity.”

President of the Australian Primary Principals Association Dennis Yarrington said the opportunities for collaboration were immense.

“Working with industry, university and other partners can help teachers bring new excitement to the classroom. It reinforces the vital importance of the work they do and gives them new tools to do it well.”

More information is available here.