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Whether you are looking for hands-on experience, passionate about learning or simply wanting to reach your utmost potential, the STEM Leaders Program is the perfect opportunity to take a step out of your comfort zone and develop beyond your expectations.
The STEM Leaders Program runs over three weeks and is designed to take you out of your comfort zone, providing you with a platform to develop yourself both personally and professionally.
Collaborating with our partners in the STEM industry, we provide participants with challenging and relevant projects which cater for each student’s passion. This is an invaluable opportunity to test yourself, express your creative problem solving abilities and gain real experience working on real industry projects.
Meet representatives from our partner companies from the STEM industry who will provide you with highly technical projects. These projects will give you a taste of what it is like to work at that company while giving you the chance to develop your technical skills and knowledge.
A multitude of workshops are included within the STEM Leaders Program which have been handcrafted in collaboration with influential guest speakers. These workshops have been designed to up-skill you with industry demanded traits including Emotional Intelligence, Career Goals, Presentation Skills and much more.
The keystone feature of the SLP is the highly technical projects provided by our partner companies from the STEM industry. These projects will give you a taste of what it is like to work at that company while giving you the chance to develop your technical skills and knowledge.
Upon completing the industry project, they will present their final product to their company’s judging panel at a boardroom pitch. This gives them the valuable experience of pitching to real industry members, making them more familiar and comfortable in professional environments. The panel will also give feedback to the students, helping develop their pitching skills.
Expo night provides a platform for students to present their product their product a wider audience consisting of both peers and industry members. This provides a great opportunity for students to work on their communication skills, both by ‘selling’ their product and networking with others. With catering and plenty of time to socialise, this night brings the program full circle with the completion and presentation of the industry projects.
Keys and cards used to enter our homes often bring us moments of panic (when they are lost), or moments of frustration (when trying to search for our key with hands full of groceries). For many of us, this small inconvenience occurs many more times a day than we’d like. In this project, students were tasked with innovating a smart home unlocking system driven with facial recognition technology, to eradicate the discomforts that arise with the usage of keys and cards.
Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) is vital for any commercial building and a large consideration in the design of any new building. HVAC systems account for approximately 40% of total energy consumption of any typical building. Having efficiently designed HVAC systems can significantly reduce the energy consumption of building and can have a compounding effect if this is applied across all buildings. Students were tasked to conduct heat load analysis for a new office building and select the appropriate air conditioning systems.
The Western Sydney Airport will provide Sydney’s western suburbs with greater connection to the rest of the world. After opening of Stage 1, it will cater for up to 10 million passengers per year as well as providing infrastructure to handle up to 220 tonnes of freight per year. The opening of the airport will provide a suite of opportunities to the area but will inevitably create challenges that have not yet been identified. Students were tasked to provide a detailed, realistic solution that is best solved with an upgrade to existing infrastructure or the delivery of new infrastructure.
Through this program, I was able to work on a project with Fujitsu, which I really enjoyed as it gave me an insight into working in the industry. This gave us the opportunity to use professional software such as CAMEL, but also to make a site visit to the Fujitsu Building Headquarters where we pitched our design ideas to a board of directors. I learnt many valuable skills and was able to expand my network through connecting with various industry representatives and university students like myself.
The STEM Leaders Program was a great opportunity for me to get involved with a real project brief from Honeywell. I felt like this program gave me a huge amount of insight into what it takes to manage and deliver a software project and all the technical skills required as well.
The hands on work in order to build a tangible product- not just a theoretical and business model - really honed our technical and leadership skills as it put us in the place of current industry employees. The leadership workshops held on weekends were also very helpful towards the growth of oneself, because they kind of pushed us beyond our comfort zone with practice pitching and impromptu speeches.