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With the support of the BHP Billiton Foundation, this new education program is aimed at increasing participation and achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). There are six elements to the program, which caters to the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students as they progress through primary, secondary and tertiary education, and into employment.
This program is funded by the BHP Billiton Foundation and managed by CSIRO. CSIRO and BHP Billiton Foundation believe that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have extraordinary contributions to make across cultural, economic and scientific domains.
The program provides supported pathways that aim to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation in STEM-related professions. Recognising the fundamental importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and identity in student achievement, a strong cultural, as well as a rigorous academic focus, is guiding the development, implementation and evaluation of the program.
The overarching project goal is to provide supported pathways that improve the participation and achievement of Indigenous students in STEM subjects. The aspirational goal is to increase Indigenous representation in STEM-related professions.
The rationale and meaning behind the distinct visual identity for the program is based on Indigenous culture and the journey of learning.
Google map displaying our program activity and staff locations across Australia.
The program was launched by the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, Minister for Industry and Science, in Canberra on 30 September 2014 with senior representatives from BHP Billiton and CSIRO, along with well-known and respected Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholders.
If you have a general enquiry about the program or would like to find out more about how to get involved in any of the project elements, a full list of contacts is provided.
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Last updated: Last updated: 20 March 2015
Printed from: Program information (http://csiroaucd2-cdc.it.csiro.au/en/Education/Programs/Indigenous-STEM/Program-Info)