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.
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.
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, where they will receive increased awareness of relevant STEM careers and be trained in the effective incorporation of Indigenous knowledge into the teaching of science and mathematics. The experience will occur between 9-13 April, 2017.
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.
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: