The Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students program provides teachers with the tools and understanding to embed Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander perspectives into the Australian Curriculum.

Over 7600 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students and 1154 teachers have been involved in the Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students (I2S2) program since 2016. The program is designed to show teachers and students how Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples created, developed and used high-level science inquiry skills for over 65,000 years.

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- The CSIRO and the BHP Foundation

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have been working together

since 2015 to develop

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The Inquiry for Indigenous

Science Students Program, I2S2,

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to promote the participation

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of Aboriginal and/or

Torres Strait Islander

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students in science.

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The program celebrates the high level

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and enduring scientific and

technological understanding

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of Aboriginal and/or Torres

Strait Islander peoples

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by appropriately and effectively linking

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Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander knowledges

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and histories to the science curriculum.

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It unpacks the science

inquiry model of teaching,

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and provides teachers of

year five to nine students

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with tools and insights to

deliver a culturally responsive

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and academically rigorous

science investigation.

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The I2S2 program offer up to 10 hours

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of teacher professional learning

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made up over two sections.

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The online foundational knowledge modules

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and the practical and reflective

implementation project.

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The foundational knowledge section

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comprises five online teacher

professional learning modules.

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These modules will take you

about five hours to complete

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and will provide you insight

into cultural considerations,

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for delivering the program and working

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with Aboriginal and/or Torres

Strait Islander students,

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teaching of science inquiry skills,

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evidence-based pedagogical strategies

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to support the delivery of the program,

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embedding traditional

context into inquiries,

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and strategies to

connect with communities.

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Upon completion of the online modules,

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you'll gain access to valuable

classroom inquiry resources

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including lesson plans, PowerPoints,

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and digital and paper options

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for students to

demonstrate their learning.

 

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But the program doesn't end there.

 

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The second section, the

implementation project,

 

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is where you deliver and reflect

on an I2S2 investigation.

 

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Your reflective journal will examine

 

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how you put the foundational

knowledges into practice.

 

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You are also invited to contribute

 

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to a national research project

 

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examining the impact of the I2S2 program

 

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by reflecting your students'

outcomes and achievements.

 

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You will be awarded a

certificate of completion

 

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recognising up to 10 hours

of professional learning

 

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once you have submitted the

project to the I2S2 team.

 

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So why not register your interest now?

 

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Go to this website or search I2S2.

 

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Take your students on a journey

 

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that uncovers the complex

and high-level scientific

 

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and technological understanding of

 

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Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander peoples

 

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through the lens of science inquiry

 

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and at the same time,

 

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gain valuable teaching

skills and resources.

 

Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students Program :  Promoting the participation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students in science.

Through participation and completion of I2S2, educators are equipped with foundational knowledge and practices required to implement the I2S2 inquiries in their classroom and teaching contents. The new knowledge and skills facilitate the aims of the program to:

  • Increase Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student engagement and achievement in science
  • Teach science inquiry skills through traditional context in partnership with families and communities
  • Promote understanding of cultural considerations while raising awareness of the importance of a school culture of high expectations
  • Develop students' critical thinking skills and interest in STEM.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion that recognises 10 hours of professional learning.

Read more about the I2S2 Learning Objectives

CSIRO Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Science and Technology (ASSETS) - January 2020

ABC journalist and host of the Science Friction podcast, Natasha Mitchell, attended the CSIRO Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Science and Technology (ASSETS) in January 2020. Listen as Natasha and CSIRO program coordinator Torres Webb discuss I2S2 and the role of Indigenous science inquiry skills.

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