How to inspire 2000 students in one hour for the cost of a high-end iPhone

At gemaker, part of our mission is to build Australia by inspiring the next generation.

We also know that not every business has the time or expertise to deliver a full-blown educational package. But you can still make a big difference. Here’s how.

Donate money for STEM equipment

For National Science Week 2019, gemaker arranged five donations to schools in our local area. We provided the money for equipment or resources that would support students in their STEM studies, and inspire young people to consider STEM careers.

gemaker donated:

  • $500 to West Wallsend High School for STEM equipment
  • $500 to Lucas Heights Community School for Science Fair prizes and $500 for STEM room equipment
  • $500 to Blakehurst Public School for STEM room equipment 
  • $500 to Marrickville Public School for STEM Maker Space resources
  • $500 to St Francis de Sales Catholic Primary School for STEM robotics resources

The resources purchased by the five schools will benefit over 2,000 primary and high school students enrolled at those schools, as well as the students who come after them. Setting up the donations took five phone calls, and the total cost was just $500 more than the top-of-the-line iPhone.

Other ways to give

Not sure about donating money? You could choose to donate resources directly instead. For example, gemaker managing director Natalie Chapman provided science and invention books for distribution to Aboriginal schools for NAIDOC Week 2019. The donation was made through Science and Technology Australia, which is working with Corey Tutt and Deadly Science to get more books into classrooms at 60 regional and remote schools around Australia.

Another option is to share your expertise, like gemaker’s manager of strategic engagement Dr Julie Wheway. Julie, an accomplished medical researcher, ran a stall for 300 students at Marrickville Public School’s Science Week Fair investigating how moon craters form.

And earlier in the year, gemaker staff volunteered to help the Sutherland Shire Careers Advisers host a STEM Careers evening by coordinating STEM speakers from a diverse range of career backgrounds, and preparing promotional material for the event which successfully brought in over 600 students and parents on the night.