Have fun, learn, and have an experience of a lifetime! Apply for the 2017 ASSETS Indigenous Science Summer Schools.
An exciting opportunity for year 10 Indigenous students is open again for application!
The Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science, or ASSETS, is a summer school where students get to travel to either Adelaide, Newcastle or Townsville. Here they spend 9 days with their peers doing inquiry based projects and activities, while also learning about Indigenous cultural heritage.
Specially designed for students who are interested in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), the summer schools involve visits to university campuses and research organisations where scientists and other STEM professionals come and meet the participants to share their research, and discuss the many study and career possibilities available within the STEM field.
In previous years students have had the chance to engage in projects like testing traditional techniques of fire starting, or working with world leading marine scientists to create their own marine biology projects with remote-controlled underwater video cameras.
All the camps are also guided by a Cultural Patron who spends time with the students and guides them in workshops exploring cultural identity and Indigenous knowledges. In these parts of the summer school, students do cultural activities such as fire pit nights, learning about traditional art and dance, cooking techniques, and bush tucker medicines.
Students sometimes have the opportunity to meet cultural mentors from their same area and exchange or reconnect with knowledge otherwise not available to them.
“I was able to learn more about my Awabakal heritage from [the cultural patron] and this gave me a sense of pride,” a student mentioned.
“It was such an emotional moment and now I definitely want to learn more about my culture.”
After the summer schools an ongoing leadership program ensures that the ASSETS team stay in touch with the students, helping to support them through years 11 and 12 by providing access to work experience, advice, and tertiary education opportunities.
Previous participants of the program speak extremely highly of it, and report that despite being apprehensive at first, they would encourage all who may be interested to apply.
“Absolutely do it, it will be a memory in your life you will never forget. You will meet life-long friends from all across Australia and learn so much about your heritage and STEM,” said one student.
“Definitely apply!” says another. “Honestly I couldn't have ended my year off better than traveling to a place I never been before doing what I’m interested in and making new friends.”
This is a unique opportunity to connect with Indigenous culture while exploring the links between traditional knowledges and western science.
Applications are open until Friday 16th June. For more information and to apply click here.
All aspects of the ASSETS program are free for successful students. This includes food, accommodation and transport to the summer schools.