STEM School, Teacher and Champion Awards

These three awards recognise and reward the dedication of schools, teachers and STEM champions in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to pursue STEM education pathways.

School Award

Schools who are actively engaged in either the Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students or PRIME Futures programs are encouraged to apply for this award.

Nominations may be submitted by principals and school staff.

The winning school will receive $10,000 to contribute towards progressing inquiry based learning within the school and incorporating local Indigenous knowledge that can be linked to the curriculum. The principal will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to represent their school at the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards held in Melbourne during February 2017.

The winning school will also be selected as the location for the announcement of all of the Indigenous STEM Awards winners, thus providing the school with a national profile for Indigenous STEM excellence.

To be eligible for this award the school must:

  • be participating in the Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students and/or PRIME Futures program
  • be effectively undertaking inquiry based learning (within I2S2) or RAMR cycle (within PRIME Futures) and be able to describe the impacts this is having on their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, non-Indigenous students and teachers
  • be engaging with local Traditional Owners/Indigenous community in the application of inquiry based learning or the RAMR cycle.

Teacher Award

Teachers who are participating either in the Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students or PRIME Futures programs are encouraged to apply for this award.

Nominations for this award may be completed by colleagues, principals or be self-nominated.

Two winners will receive an all-expenses paid professional development experience within CSIRO's Astronomy and Space Science unit.

To be eligible for this award the teacher must:

  • be a teacher that is participating in the Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students (I2S2)and/or PRIME Futures program
  • have attended the respective Teacher Professional Development sessions
  • be implementing the respective program resource materials and activities
  • be able to describe the impact of using the respective program resource materials and activities
  • be able to demonstrate effective engagement with the local Indigenous community in incorporating Indigenous knowledge into the classroom.

STEM Champion Award

This award celebrates STEM professionals, communities, organisations and individuals who are contributing to the success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in achieving their STEM aspirations.

The award targets those who have played a key role in one or more of the programs: Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students (I2S2), PRIME Futures, ASSETS or the Bachelor of Science (Extended).

Nominations for this award may be completed by teachers, principals, students or be self-nominated. The winner will receive $5,000.

To be eligible for this award the nominee must:

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