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The program supports continued connection to culture on Country, and the local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community. This is done by working with community to embed Indigenous knowledges in STEM-based programs.

Deadly in Generation STEM incorporates elements from several existing and proven education programs, including CSIRO's Indigenous STEM Education Project (ISEP), Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in technology and Science (ASSETS), Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students (I²S²) and Young Indigenous Women's STEM Academy (YIWSA).

Deadly in Generation STEM Experience: Dharawal Country (Illawarra) and Kamilaroi Country (Moree)

The experience – available in Illawarra and Moree – engages a group of 20-30 local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students in an interconnected four-day program delivered either via a camp or immersion days.

Student participating in Deadly in Generation STEM ©  CSIRO, Mark Newsham

Students will engage in STEM activities delivered on Country and connect with Traditional Owners, Elders, Indigenous community members and STEM professionals.

Through this experience, students will:

  • Learn about Indigenous STEM knowledges
  • Strengthen understanding of sustainable systems and futures
  • Develop STEM skills
  • Connect with community Elders and Knowledge-Holders
  • Visit cultural sites of significance
  • Visit local STEM research centres
  • Meet STEM professionals

Deadly in Generation STEM unites science, culture, and growth

Our Deadly in Generation STEM camp took place over four exciting days in October. It brought together 17 Aboriginal students from Year 8 to 10, representing several schools in the Illawarra region.

Read our blog to find out more.

Deadly in Generation STEM Teacher Professional Learning Program

Immersion Days: Dharawal Country (Illawarra). ©  CSIRO

Deadly in Generation STEM Teacher Professional Learning supports primary and secondary school teachers to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scientific knowledges in the school learning program through hands-on inquiry projects to increase student engagement and achievement in STEM.

The program benefits all students by providing authentic and engaging STEM learning that deepens the connection with the Country and culture where they live and supports schools to build partnerships with families and communities to include local Indigenous knowledge in school learning programs and foster reconciliation and respect for local Indigenous culture.

In 2024, the program will be delivered to participating schools in the Illawarra and Moree through a mix of online and face-to-face professional learning activities.

This program utilises CSIRO’s I2S2 resources and Two-Way Science framework based on the Indigenous STEM Education Project supported by the BHP Foundation.

Now Open: Deadly in Generation STEM EOI 2024

Moree and Illawarra Expressions of Interest 2024 are now open. To register you school's interest, please email with the following information:

  1. Your school's name
  2. A brief paragraph on how this program would support your school’s Reconciliation Action Plan

Learn more about Deadly in Generation STEM

To find out about Deadly in Generation STEM or to register your interest, contact the team.

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