Inspiring the next generation of STEM Leaders, Changemakers & Innovators

STEM Innovative Programs for Secondary School Students & Teachers

School Students
Opportunities for Year 9-10 students to participate in our Innovation Challenge or Design Thinking Workshops.

Register your interest to inquire about a Teacher Design Thinking workshop, designed to empower Design Thinking programs in STEM for you and our students.

Host Design Thinking workshops for your secondary school students and teachers (including end of year programs).

Talk to us about how we are partnering with Industry and Government to help young Australians become future ready.

Support our initiatives and sponsor our programs / activities in helping to empower young Australians.

About BrainSTEM

In 2015, Founder Sid Verma attended the world’s largest pre-college science competition in the US and watched teenagers from all over the world who had been mentored by a scientist, present innovative solutions to real world problems. It was evident that with support and guidance from those already in the discipline, students demonstrated a greater desire and understanding of the “how” and “why”.

Recognising a significant opportunity to inspire and create more diversity in the next generation of STEM leaders in Australia, regardless of their socio-economic status, support networks or geographic accessibility, as well for corporations and institutions requiring critical skills and mindset of future leaders to promote continuous innovation, BrainSTEM was born.

BrainSTEM’s programs provide the change-makers of the next generation an opportunity to obtain real-world experience, cultivate an appetite in the pursuit of innovation, develop meaningful collaborations and provide a space to fail without fear.

The BrainSTEM Innovation Challenge is a 12-week program that engages Year 9 and 10 students and is designed to provide real world participation in STEM innovation and research projects, incorporating mentoring from someone already in the field, and promotes diversity, teamwork, critical thinking, research and soft-skill development on a STEM-based foundation.

Our network of University and research organisation mentors provides students a window to their future STEM pathways and demystifies tertiary education to position STEM as a desirable and accessible post-school opportunity.

View the video here to hear the impact from some of the participants and university partners themselves and visit our website for more information on some of our other program offerings including our Building Resilient Minds (Design Thinking) workshops.


Student Session: Using Design Thinking in STEM Innovation

What is Design Thinking and how is it used in real life? Learn about Design Thinking.
Explore real-world application of Design Thinking. Participate in fun and engaging interactive activities in Problem Solving & Critical Thinking.

  • Monday 12 October 2020
  • 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm

Watch the presentation:


Teacher Session: Applying Design Thinking in Teaching STEM

40 min presentation on Design Thinking and its application in classrooms, along with some real/interactive examples, followed by a 10-minute group activity and 10 minutes for Q&A

  • Tuesday 13 October 2020
  • 4.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Watch the presentation:


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