2020 Victoria STEMLabs

2020 Victoria STEMLabs February / March Program

Do you have a passion for detecting faults and identifying bugs when looking through websites or games and apps? Do you have an eye for detail? A passion for finding specific information in news articles, publications, research etc? Ever considered a role in business administration or records management? If so, this 3-week program might be just the thing for you.

This FREE program is strictly limited to just 12 places and we are looking for some of Melbourne’s most inquisitive minds to participate in a fast-paced 3-week program where you will be applying your inquisitive and investigative mind to a series of technology-based activities using robotics kits in individual and small team challenges.

Specifically, you will be designing, developing and programming LEGO Mindstorm robot innovations that will provide solutions to the challenge themes set by our facilitators. You will create detailed plans for your innovations describing the detail around how you designed, developed and programmed your robot innovation and create test documentation that will act as a user guide for your innovation.

Although you don’t necessarily need previous experience using Lego Mindstorm robots, having at least basic understanding of programming languages such as C#, Python, Java etc would be beneficial. Overall, if you have a passion for details and technology, we encourage you to apply.

About us

Specialisterne Australia offers an alternative for autistic individuals to connect with employers who recognise the valuable contributions and talents that people on the autism spectrum can bring to their organisations. We offer a tailored workshop and assessment program whereby applicants can demonstrate their skills and abilities, in a practical, hands-on environment.

The Program

Title of Program: 2020 Victoria STEMLabs February / March Program

Number of places available: 12

Location: 360 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000.

Dates of Training Program: Monday 24th February through to Friday 13th March, 2020.

Participant requirements:

  • Must be 16 years of age or over.
  • Must have a diagnosis of autism (including Autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s disorder, Autistic disorder, or PDD-NOS).
  • Must have Australian residency or citizenship.
  • Must be able to attend the 3-week assessment phase beginning Monday 24th February through to Friday 13th March, 2020.
  • Should live within a daily commutable distance of Melbourne CBD.

What the program will involve:

The training and assessment program will involve tasks such as:

  • Working individually and in teams to build and program LEGO Mindstorm robots.
  • Learning about autism and accommodations that would assist you in a workplace.
  • Learning about strategies that would benefit you in a workplace.
  • Learning about information services for autistic individuals in Melbourne.
  • Learning about workplace experiences from autistic adults.

At the end of the program:

  • All applicants who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program accompanied with a candidate profile report to assist in understanding the candidate’s strengths, preferences and accommodations for the workplace.
  • Specialisterne will also meet with the applicant’s Disability Employment Services Consultant and, with the client’s consent, share information about the client’s strengths, preferences, and accommodations in the workplace to assist the consultant in finding the client a job.
  • If a candidate does not have a Disability Employment Service Consultant then Specialisterne are happy to help the candidate in linking them with one, should they wish to.

The Application Process

Step 1 of application process
Send an email to: georgie.walker@specialisterne.com including the following two things:

  • A statement that indicates your interest in the program.
  • Evidence of a positive ASD or Asperger’s Syndrome diagnosis i.e. Diagnostic Assessment or a letter from a treating medical practitioner.

Step 2 of application process
Complete the survey at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/STEMLabsFeb2020

Applications close 1pm on Tuesday 18th February, 2020. All successful applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by 5pm Thursday 20th February, 2020.

Following the completion of these two steps the applicant will:

  • Receive an acknowledgement of the receipt of their application within 48 hours, during normal working days (i.e. Monday-Friday).

The Selection Process

Please note: Applications for this program are open for individuals who are on the autism spectrum who live in Victoria. Any individual aged 16 years or older with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s disorder, PDD-NOS, or Autistic disorder may apply.

Stage 1 of selection process

This application (including Step 1 and Step 2 as above).

Stage 2 of selection process

  • Successful applicants will be invited to complete a three-week training and assessment program to be held at 360 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000.

This program will commence on Monday 24th February, 2020 & conclude on Friday 13th March, 2020 and will run between 10am – 4pm (not including weekends or public holidays).

  • The assessment program will comprise of three challenges over a three-week period. Weeks 1 through 3 involve individual, group and pair-based challenges using programmable robotics kits, as well as some other tasks and activities.

Applicants at any stage who are not successful, will be contacted by Specialisterne.

Key Actions Date
Applications Open Now Open!
Applications Close By 1pm, Tuesday 18th February, 2020.

Notification to attend 3-week Training & Assessment Program



By 5pm, Thursday 20th February, 2020.


Training & Assessment Program The program will run between Monday 24th February through to Friday 13th March, 2020 between the hours of 10am – 4pm, not including weekends or public holidays.

The program will be held at 360 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000.

Next steps on how to apply for the STEMLabs February / March 2020 Program:

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as per instructions above.

In the event that you need to contact Specialisterne or have any questions, you can call or email Georgie Walker on the contact details below.

Kind regards,

Georgie Walker

Specialisterne Consultant

Specialisterne Australia

Email: georgie.walker@specialisterne.com

Mobile: 0431 017 852



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