Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students (I2S2) uses hands-on inquiry-based projects in an Indigenous context to increase student engagement and achievement in science.

Over 6500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and 275 teachers have been involved in the Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students (I2S2) program since 2016.

Image of Muswellbrook State High School students investigating the best combinations of wood for starting a fire as part of the Year 8 Fire - A Burning Question Inquiry.

Muswellbrook State High School students investigating the best combinations of wood for starting a fire as part of the Year 8 Fire - A Burning Question Inquiry.

I2S2 draws on best practice in inquiry-based science education and Indigenous science education to support teachers to implement the Australian Curriculum. The program is designed to show teachers and students how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples used high-level science inquiry skills within cultural practices.

The program increases teacher skills in science inquiry and cultural capacities to allow them to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in science. High schools and primary schools in the program are clustered together to support each other and all schools are supported with classroom materials and other resources to assist with teaching science using contexts that highlight the links between Indigenous and Western science knowledge and ways of working.

Teacher Professional Development is delivered to new teachers through four hours after school mode of delivery and four to six hours of online teacher professional development. Online modules have been tailored to each specific year level.

I2S2 is accepting expressions of interest from schools and teachers who would like to be involved in a pilot online teacher professional development program. Two of the inquiries will be available during the pilot – Year 5 'What's Cooking?' and Year 7 'Throw it Far'. This pilot has been designed to be self paced for adult learners and can be individualised to meet the needs of participants. All participants will have access to online coaching and support to complete the training and implement the inquiries.

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