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The Indigenous STEM Education Project is a six-year initiative funded by BHP Foundation and implemented by CSIRO. The Project demonstrates the link between the traditional ecological knowledge of Australia's First Nations Peoples and the Australian Curriculum and how it can be taught using inquiry-based methods.

It comprises of six program elements that cumulatively:

  • develop teacher competency to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and non-Indigenous students in STEM studies
  • support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who have a passion for STEM to pursue university studies
  • identify and promote STEM role models to inspire the next generation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students.

The project has a national footprint working with primary, secondary and tertiary students in remote, regional and metropolitan areas.

Since 2015, 22,116 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students, 2,141 teachers and 233 schools have been engaged across remote, rural and urban Australia.

All the programs are monitored and evaluated by a dedicated team to determine what works and why, in order to improve practice and share lessons.

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