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SISP Program RDA Central West

STEM Industry School Partnership (SISP) Program

‘Connecting Regional Youth to Regional Industries’ 

****** Winners to our School Drone Poster Competition can be found below********

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Central West is collaborating with RDAs Hunter and Southern Inland to pilot a program that provides students in years 5 to 8 in each region with age appropriate STEM skills and pathways to STEM jobs.

Funded by the NSW Department of Education, the STEM Industry School Partnership Program (SISP) matches schools in each region with an industry partner and technology program.

Click here to see the winning entries for the SISP School Drone Poster Competition. 

The SISP builds on successful school/industry partnerships and workforce development initiatives that have been undertaken in the Hunter Region by RDA Hunter, who will provide a mentoring role in this project.

The pilot will be guided by the recommendations identified in the National STEM School Education Strategy (December 2015) and Optimising STEM industry-school partnerships: Inspiring Australia’s next generation (April 2018) papers both supported by the Education Council.

RDA Central West will focus on the expanding ag-tech industry for the period of this pilot. Emerging opportunities in freight, logistics and construction from the building of the Inland Rail over the next decade will also be considered.

As a part of this regional Ag Tech mentors will be visiting schools, enabling students to see what they could become in this exciting, growing industry of the future.

Other activities will include school excursions to industry, in-class visits by industry representatives (incursions), industry presentations outlining the types of jobs and career pathways, STEM workshops/activity days for students, and professional development sessions for teachers.

SISP Events and Workshops 

There are no workshops scheduled at this point in time. Please check back here for updates during Term 1. 

SISP News and Workshop Reports

MEDIA RELEASE: Robots inspire STEM teachers in Industry Partnership pilot program

MEDIA RELEASE: Pilot Funding for pilot STEM Industry School SISP Program

Makey Makey Professional Development Workshop, GATE 

MSM Milling Canobolas Rural Technology High School Incursion

MSM Milling Incursion: Bowen Public School

CASE Design Thinking Workshop for teachers

MSM Milling Incursion – Clergate Pubic School 

MSM Milling Incursion and Makey Makey Session – Bowen Public School

AgriTech Experience Day Year 5 and 6

AgriTech Experience Day Year 7 and 8 

Build Your Future Day for Year 5 and 6 students



This pilot project is a NSW Government Initiative and is funded by the NSW Department of Education.