WA Mining Club STEM Program

WA Mining Club STEM Program

About the STEM Program


The WA Mining Club STEM program takes the initiative of influencing students before they have to make their subject choices for their final years of secondary school with the aim of increasing the talent pipeline into not only undergraduate mining related careers but also trades that will support our modern mining operations.

The Club has entered into an arrangement with STEM Smart, to deliver an in-school program targeted predominantly at year 9 secondary students. The program encourages them to explore the value of studying STEM subjects through Years 11 and 12 and the many opportunities that are created by doing so. The in-class sessions focus on robotics and software programming with an emphasis on having fun but at the same time gaining valuable knowledge.

The mining sector is one of the most technologically advanced industries in the world, and is the power house of the Australian Economy. Unfortunately, we suffer from a lack of Human Resources, particularly professionals and technicians who are not choosing a career in mining, which is often perceived as dirty and physically demanding. This is far from the truth.

The WA Mining Club has a role to play in supporting it’s members and the greater sector through investing in secondary and tertiary education programmes. As an example; our scholarship programme has been assisting undergraduates since 2003 by providing funds toward the costs of their education, and providing real world experience whilst assisting in the formation of a healthy industry network from the onset of their professional careers.


We are seeking sponsorship from forward thinking companies to enable us to continue to deliver the programme and expand the programme to improve our reach. If interested please contact scholarships@waminingclub.asn.au

STEM Program Partners



I’m interested in presenting to classes of students – how can I get involved?

Unfortunately, this is not a programme which offers the opportunity to make a presentation to the classroom on behalf of your company. We try to keep it as non-secular as we can so that we can achieve universal acceptance.

My school needs to have this program – how can we get started?

In order to make a booking you will need to liaise directly with STEM Smart our delivery partner. Bookings will be dependent upon availability and funding.

Do you go to rural and remote areas?

At this time – no. However, it is a goal of the programme to raise sufficient funding to enable delivery in the major regional areas, so hopefully in the future we can offer regional sessions.

Is it only in WA?

Yes, unless a specific sponsor wishes to fund a dedicated delivery to areas outside of WA.

What do we get out of sponsoring the programme?

Recognition at WA Mining Club events, on our website and in newsletters plus in kind benefits including membership and lunches. Acknowledgement at the schools (mention) but more importantly the satisfaction of knowing your contribution will help to spread the message of the importance of STEM.

What is the minimum sponsorship amount?

We would like to make it $10,000 but will consider lower if budgets are constrained.

What is the maximum sponsorship amount?

There is no maximum.

How do you monitor the success of the programme?

There are several ways to assess this;

  • Re-bookings with schools, most schools automatically rebook for future terms and years
  • Student feedback through surveys
  • Teacher feedback

Still have questions? Contact us using this form:

STEM Program Contact Form

Or, contact Barry Upton (Scholarships and Education Partner Lead) at scholarships@waminingclub.asn.au