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About the program

The STEM Innovation Experience (STEMIE) is designed to increase science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engagement in schools and enhance awareness of STEM in the wider community. This is achieved through students participating in a series of STEM-based tasks linked to curriculum and showcasing their learning.

Every year, new STEM challenges are developed around a central theme. They will engineer and prototype designs to complete a set action, justify their mathematical considerations, use Arduino coding to create a device within set parameters for their technology component and complete scientific investigations and research around the central theme.

Representatives from each school present their learning at regional showcases, where they are judged against other schools from their regional cluster. Winning schools from each region progress to the STEMIE State Final to compete in unseen STEM challenges.

The program is supported by The University of South Australia with the Teacher Professional Learning workshop and a student workshop early in the program, covering skills required to complete the tasks, and resources and ongoing support through the UniSA STEMIE Moodle.

2019 WinnersPhoto: 2019 STEMIE winners Whyalla High School. 

2020 theme: Carnival Capers

STEMIE is off to the show in 2020 with Carnival Capers. Students will complete STEM challenges based around the science of show rides, incorporate Arduino technology to create a prototype device that improves attendance tracking, engineer their own side show style game within set parameters and work out how their carnival activity can create a profit using mathematical justifications, including statistics and probability of winning side show games, and proceeds from show bag and ticket sales.

2020 Carnival Capers – State Final will held at the Samsung SMARTSchool, University of South Australia, Magill Campus on 5 November 2020.

Carnival Capers Log


The STEMIE 2021 theme will be released in November 2020.

If you would like more information about STEMIE or would like your school to be considered for STEMIE 2021 contact us at UniSAConnect@unisa.edu.au.

Past themes and participants