ASSETS summer schools will be running in Adelaide, Newcastle and Townsville in December 2016 and January 2017.

The summer schools are open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from all over Australia who are in Year 10. Applications opened on 13 June 2016 and closed on 7 August 2016.

2016-17 summer schools will be held in Adelaide, Newcastle and Townsville on the following dates:

  • Townsville - 12-20 December 2016
  • Newcastle - 5-13 January 2017
  • Adelaide - 14-22 January 2017

There is no cost for students to attend the nine-day summer school with return airfares, accommodation and meals all provided.

Eligible students are those who:

  • are completing Year 10 studies in 2016
  • have an interest and demonstrated ability in science and mathematics
  • identify with their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage
  • are prepared to challenge themselves academically and personally in a supportive environment.

Each summer school has a rigorous academic strand provided by local researchers, as well as a cultural and personal development strand. To get an idea of what happens at a summer school, read more about the summer school experience and download our factsheet [pdf · 1mb].

All of the summer schools include tailored cultural activities run by local Indigenous leaders which will help students to engage with local communities and knowledge, and connect more deeply with their own cultural understandings.

Activities like traditional weaving, cooking in a fire pit and ‘bush supermarket’ tours are just a few examples.

Students can provide preferences around which summer school they would most like to attend and we will do our best to accommodate these requests. Each summer school has two academic providers who focus on specific fields of science, these are listed in the table below. When deciding on preferences students should consider which subject areas they are most interested in, their availability at the time of each summer school, and the location.

SUMMER SCHOOL Dates Academic Providers and Topics Accommodation
Townsville 12-20 December 2016 James Cook University – ‘Sensors and Ecology’
Australian Institute of Marine Science – ‘Marine Science’
Residential college on campus at James Cook University
Newcastle 5-13 January 2017 CSIRO Energy – ‘Renewable Energy’
The University of Newcastle – ‘Water Chemistry’
Residential college on campus at The University of Newcastle
Adelaide 14-22 January 2017 CSIRO Food and Nutrition – ‘Food and nutrition’
South Australian Museum – ‘Environmental Assessment’
Wiltja Residential – SA department of education boarding facility

For more information or for assistance with the application process, please contact the ASSETS team at or phone +61 3 9545 8700, or download our poster [pdf · 2mb].

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