The ASSETS program team are a group of experienced science educators and communicators bringing a wealth of skills and knowledge to the summer school program for high achieving Year 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

  • Jen Parsons View profile External link

    ASSETS Program Manager - SERVICES

    Jen has extensive experience as an educator and science communicator. She has been with CSIRO Education and Outreach since 2011 and also has many years’ experience working in tertiary education and with government. Jen is an advocate for experiential learning - engaging students through real world experiences - and has led students on many field adventures in Australia and overseas. Jen's science area is in ecology, completing a BSc (hons) and PhD at James Cook University in North Queensland. Throughout her career she has worked in remote areas and with Indigenous communities in Northern Australia. Jen is a campaigner for greater equity and diversity in STEM fields and believes that inclusion, education and access are good catalysts for change. As the ASSETS Project Manager, Jen is responsible for the strategic planning, management and delivery of national STEM summer schools for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Year 10 students and an ongoing leadership and support program for alumni.

  • Scott Philip View profile External link

    ASSETS Project Officer - SERVICES

    Scott helps coordinate the Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology (ASSETS). He works closely with students, teachers, community members and science, technology, egineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals to deliver an inspiring and challenging experience for Indigenous students. Scott has delivered CSIRO’s Education and Outreach programs since 2011. Prior to that, he worked for Questacon Outreach to bring science and technology to young Australians across the country. Scott was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Science Communications from the Australian National University and he has a Bachelor of Science (Communication) in Marine Science from the University of New South Wales. Scott is a volunteer with the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy and is a member of the Australian Men’s National Underwater Rugby team.

  • Carol Rance View profile External link

    SA Project Officer ASSETS Program - SERVICES

    Carol has extensive experience as a science and mathematics educator. Prior to joining CSIRO Education and Outreach in 2004, she was a classroom teacher, student counsellor, faculty leader and resource developer across both secondary and primary schools in metropolitan and regional SA and in the UK. She is committed to issues of access and social justice in education and is passionate about encouraging and nurturing students’ interest and participation in STEM. Obtained an Honours degree and a post graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) from University of Adelaide.

  • Amanda Baker View profile External link

    ASSETS Project Offcer - SERVICES

    Amanda's background is in science communication and education. After initially studying Chemistry and Business, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication. While working with Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre, in Canberra she developed skills in science communication, presented science shows across Australia and had the opportunity to work with various Aboriginal communities. After being involved in science outreach for a number of years Amanda returned to study, completing a Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching, before teaching in the remote community of Borroloola. She also completed a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Education to enhance her understanding of this area. Amanda has also worked in university outreach and engagement with RMIT University and The University of Queensland, recreation programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in Far North Queensland, and as coordinator of Scitech's Aboriginal Education Program taking hands on science to remote communities across Western Australia. Amanda is passionate about improving education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, she is continually learning and feels very privileged to have so many opportunities to work with and learn from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

  • Geoff Guymer View profile External link

    Indigenous STEM Awards Program Coordinator, ASSETS Learning & Support Coordinator - SERVICES

    Geoff Guymer comes from an education background with 25 years in various roles in public and private secondary schools. He recently moved back to Victoria after 6 years teaching in remote schools in the East Arnhem region of the NT.

  • Renee Chapman View profile External link

    Administration Officer - SERVICES

    Dr Renee Chapman supports and helps coordinate the Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology (ASSETS). Renee has a research background in education and a background as a STEM professional in Ecology and Conservation Biology.

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