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.

This five-year program is funded by the BHP Billiton Foundation. The six integrated elements are aimed at increasing participation and achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program builds on already successful education programs and will use hands-on, inquiry-based learning approaches as well as recognising and rewarding student achievement.

The six program elements together target: primary and middle school students in remote Indigenous communities; mainstream Indigenous students in upper primary and junior secondary schools across Australia; a select cohort of Year 10, 11 and 12 students from across Australia who have demonstrated aptitude in the sciences and mathematics; and tertiary students who otherwise might not have access to a university STEM education.

The diagram below shows how the various elements are interlinked and reinforce one another. Strategies will be implemented to encourage schools to become involved in multiple elements. For example, they might participate in both I2S2 and PRIME Futures, nominate students for ASSETS and Excellence Awards, and support students to apply for the BSc (Extended)

For more information, download our program overview brochure [pdf · 2mb].

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