Since its inception in 2012 there has been over 320 schools across NSW that have received NESA endorsement to run iSTEM. It is estimated that over 10,000 NSW students are currently undertaking iSTEM instruction in State, Independent and Catholic schools across NSW, including 22 all girl schools. Between 2014 – 2020 over 8,000 students have received a Record of School Achievement (RoSA) in iSTEM. This number is tipped to grow in the coming years as the need for STEM skills in all aspects of the workforce is becoming more and more apparent. As the popularity of iSTEM has grown so has its need to adapt to a broader and more diverse student and industry base and this has been the impetus for the curriculum to be regularly updated.
Version 3.5 of the iSTEM curriculum has been developed out of the need for the curriculum to keep in touch with the rapidly changing nature of STEM. There are no changes to the objectives, outcomes or content of the course in Version 3.5, there are updates in some of the support materials. We are currently working on iSTEM 4.0 where there will be slight changes to the objectives, outcomes and content however, the major change will be in the addition of new electives. Version 4.0 will include the addition of new electives in Cyber Security, AgriTech and Sustainable design.
Below you will find a number of links that support the iSTEM syllabus.