The Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students program provides teachers with the tools and understanding to embed Aboriginal and/or Torres Straight 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.

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

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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