Education Today Logo

Search is on for the next round of Indigenous STEM leaders

The Indigenous STEM Awards recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of ATSI students and scientists as well as the integral role schools, teachers and mentors have in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in pursuing STEM education and careers.

The awards are part of the Indigenous STEM Education Project, funded by the BHP Billiton Foundation and delivered by CSIRO. Nominations for the 2017 Awards are invited from students, teachers, schools, scientists and STEM champions who have been participating in the Indigenous STEM Education Project.

Applications for the seven awards, including school and teacher categories, are online and close on 11 November.

2016 School Award winner
Gordonvale State High School: Situated south of Cairns, 28 percent of the school’s 850 students are Indigenous Australians. Gordonvale High School has a strong commitment to teaching its students STEM disciplines to guide them towards careers in STEM-related professions. The school says the I2S2 program teaches its students not just science but values such as sustainability.

2016 Teacher Award winner
Claire Wellbeloved moved to Western Australia from South Africa in 2008 where she initially worked at a mine site.

Her passion for teaching prompted her to return to education while she was pregnant with her first child. She worked as a relief teacher and then returned to the classroom fulltime in 2014. She has been teaching the I2S2 program to her students at St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary in Port Hedland and says the program empowers Indigenous students.

27 Nov 2018 | Melbourne
VEX Robotics Australia 2018 Nationals News Image

The VEX Robotics Australia 2018 Nationals are taking place December 1st–2nd at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre, pitting the brightest minds from primary and high school student-led robotics teams against one another. Read More

27 Nov 2018 | Melbourne
High flyers at Luna Park News Image

Over two days in November over 1400 schoolgirls and 80 teachers attended the inaugural AIR4 initiative which introduced girls to STEAM subjects’ potential to launch them into a tech or air force career. Read More

27 Nov 2018 | National
2018/19 Australian Space Design Competition Finalists Announced News Image

Space Design Competitions Australia (SDCA) has announced the Finalists of the 2018/19Australian Space Design Competition (ASDC).
Read More

27 Nov 2018
Coomera Anglican College chooses Epson laser projectors for Imaginarium 360-degree theatre News Image

You must admit a 360-degree theatre is a pretty cool facility, it provides an immersive almost real experience combined with the ability to float from one location to the next with little effort, making for exciting learning opportunities. Read More

27 Nov 2018 | National
Majority taught by out-of-field maths teacher News Image

The shortage of maths teachers seems to be an ongoing problem with less than one in four Australian Year 7 to 10 students having a qualified maths teacher according to new data released by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute. Read More