About the Project
Funded by BHP Foundation and delivered by CSIRO, the Indigenous STEM Education Project demonstrates the link between the traditional ecological knowledge of Australia's First Nations Peoples and the science curriculum and how it can be taught using inquiry-based methods.
The project has a national footprint working with primary, secondary and tertiary students in remote, regional and metropolitan areas.
Since 2015, more than 22,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, 2,000 teachers and 233 schools have been engaged across remote, rural and urban Australia.Find out more
Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students
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.
Science Pathways for Indigenous Communities
Targeting primary and middle school students in remote Indigenous communities, this program uses on-country projects as the context for learning science linked to Indigenous ecological knowledge.
Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS)
The Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS) is for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students with an interest and aspiration in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
CSIRO believes that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have extraordinary contributions to make in cultural, economic and scientific domains; incorporating Indigenous knowledge of ecological and social systems is vital to the achievement of sustainable development.
From individual students soaring to success after attending summer schools to award winners changing the world with their research, read our stories and learn how the Indigenous STEM Education Project is changing lives.
Monitoring and evaluation
During the past six years detailed monitoring and evaluation of the Indigenous STEM Education Project has been undertaken, with the aim of improving practices and sharing lessons more broadly. Monitoring and evaluation activities are guided by an impact framework, comprising of an overall Project Impact Statement and Pathway, and Impact Statements and Pathways for each supporting program.