Bright sparks focus on science and mathematics

North-East Victorian school students had the opportunity to broaden their understanding and interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), as part of the Inland Rail Skills Academy partnership with STEM Punks.

Four students and a teacher participating in a class, smiling at the camera

STEM Punks and Inland Rail Skills Academy visit to Wodonga Catholic College.


Visiting schools in Wangaratta and Wodonga, STEM Punks is an education program that aims to inspire career pathways in STEM-related fields.

Through hands-on engagement, the program connects industry with schools to raise awareness of career pathways and job opportunities within the STEM field, helping to future proof of the industry’s workforce needs.

The STEM Punks program has been developed by industry professionals and teachers to align with the Australian curriculum.

The in-school delivery of the program is based on Inland Rail-related problem-solving scenarios and Inland Rail staff attend to provide real world connections for students with STEM professionals and share their knowledge and experience of working on one of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects.

STEM Punks visited:

  • Wangaratta High School
  • Galen Catholic College
  • Wodonga Catholic College


Ed Walker, ARTC General Manager Victoria and South Australia Projects said:

“We’re thrilled to be working with STEM Punks to help bring practical STEM education and real-world industry experience to schools.

“Through the program, students from Year 7-10 will have the opportunity to actively contribute their skills towards the development of Inland Rail.”