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Australian computer society receives federal government maker STEM grant to run the BrainSTEM games


Program to provide STEM opportunities for 120 girls



1 June 2023


The Australian Computer Society (ACS) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a significant grant from the Federal Government's Maker STEM program to organise and host The BrainSTEM Games.


Held in partnership with BrainSTEM, a leading nonprofit organisation. The grant will enable ACS and BrainSTEM to provide invaluable opportunities for 120 high school girls, along with 30 mentors and teachers, to participate in a range of STEM mentoring programs, workshops, and masterclasses aimed at demystifying the world of STEM.


The BrainSTEM Games is an initiative designed to inspire and empower young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). With the generous support of the Federal Government's Maker STEM grant, ACS and BrainSTEM will work together to foster a passion for STEM among high school girls and equip them with the necessary skills to thrive in these fields.


"We are thrilled to have received the Maker STEM grant from the Federal Government, which will allow us to organise The BrainSTEM Games," said Chris Vein, ACS Chief Executive Officer.


"This funding enables us to create a supportive and immersive environment where high school girls can engage with STEM professionals, mentors, and teachers. We believe that by providing these opportunities, we can break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and pave the way for a more diverse and inclusive STEM workforce in Australia."


The BrainSTEM Games will offer a comprehensive range of STEM activities and experiences, including mentorship programs, design thinking workshops, and opportunities to interact with industry experts. These initiatives will aim to bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world application, empowering participants to develop essential skills, discover their potential, and pursue their passion in STEM disciplines.


"We are excited to partner with ACS in organising The BrainSTEM Games," said Sid Verma, CEO of BrainSTEM. "This initiative aligns perfectly with our mission to empower young women and promote diversity in STEM. By combining our resources and expertise, we can create transformative experiences that inspire and equip the next generation of female STEM leaders."


The BrainSTEM Games program will be available to girls in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria and will run from August to November 2023. This extended period will allow for substantial engagement and learning opportunities for the participants.


ACS and BrainSTEM are incredibly grateful to the Federal Government for their recognition and investment in this vital initiative. The Maker STEM grant is a testament to the government's commitment to fostering innovation, diversity, and excellence in STEM education.


For more information about The BrainSTEM Games and the initiatives undertaken by the Australian Computer Society and BrainSTEM, please visit www.acs.org.au.








Further information


Troy Steer


Director of Corporate Affairs and Public Policy


M – 0417 173 740


E – troy.steer@acs.org.au




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ACS is the professional association for Australia’s technology sector and the largest community with 47,000+ members from across business, government and education.


ACS champions the technologies, people and skills critical to Australia’s future, creating value for ACS members, the tech sector and society in four ways:




Our focus is on fostering an innovative and inclusive community that is dedicated to powering positive change through technology.




We set the standard for assessing, developing and recognising the skills and experience of technology professionals.




We create career pathways to guide technology professionals and ensure Australia has a pipeline of talent with the right skills and knowledge.




We assess and support skilled technology migrants to address critical skills shortages, improve diversity and enrich Australia’s workforce.


Find out more at: acs.org.au


About BrainSTEM


BrainSTEM is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to empowering and inspiring young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through a range of initiatives, including mentorship programs and educational resources, BrainSTEM aims to bridge the gender gap and create a more diverse and inclusive STEM community.