Are you completing Year 10 studies in 2016 and interested in Science and Technology? Applications for ASSETS Summer School Program are Now Open
Monday 20 June 2016
Long before Galileo Galilei turned his attention to the night sky, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were using their knowledge of astronomy to navigate the Australian seasons. This traditional astronomy knowledge is still in use today.
Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Science and technology (ASSETS) is a nine-day residential summer school for high achieving Year 10 Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander students with an interest in science, to explore the study and career options available to them in science technology, engineering and mathematic fields.
Summer school programs (for year 10 students) are held each year in Townsville, Newcastle and Adelaide. After the summer school, the leadership program supports students through Year 11 and 12, allowing them to develop leadership skills and access work experience, mentoring and tertiary education opportunities.
Structurally the program includes cultural, academic and personal development components:
Cultural: Each summer school has a Cultural Patron, who is a local leader in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and oversees the cultural component. Students participate in workshops and discussions exploring cultural identity and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges while recognising that western and Indigenous science knowledge go hand in hand.
Students are involved in a variety of cultural experiences such as
- fire pit nights,
- yarning circles,
- learning about traditional medicines and bush tucker,
- traditional art, music and dance workshops, and
- traditional cooking.
Academic: The focus is on the science inquiry process, with students working with two academic providers from the local area, including CSIRO groups, local universities or other organisations. After a day of activities with each academic provider, students work in teams to develop and conduct an open inquiry project which they present on the final day of the program.
Personal development: Students participate in leadership workshops and explore pathways to further study and careers. Students also have the opportunity to develop networks meeting STEM professionals from various fields.
There is no cost for students to attend the nine-day summer school with return airfares, accommodation and meals all provided.
ASSETS is just one part of the Indigenous STEM Education program managed by CSIRO and funded by the BHP Billiton Foundation aimed at improving participation and achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Summer School Dates:
TOWNSVILLE: 12-20 DECEMBER 2016
NEWCASTLE: 5-13 JANUARY 2017
ADELAIDE: 14-22 JANUARY 2017
Applications are OPEN and CLOSE Sunday 31 July 2016
For more information please visit www.csiro.au/indigenous-ASSETS