CSIRO Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students

Targeting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students in years 5-9, the Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students (I²S²) program provides teacher professional learning to embed Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander traditional knowledge through hands-on inquiry-based projects to increase student engagement and achievement in science.

The program is designed to show teachers and students how Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples created, developed and used high-level science inquiry skills for over 65,000 years.

Through participation and completion of I2S2, educators are equipped with foundational knowledge and practices required to implement the I2S2 inquiries in their classroom and teaching contents. The new knowledge and skills facilitate the aims of the program to:

  • Increase Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student engagement and achievement in science
  • Teach science inquiry skills through traditional context in partnership with families and communities
  • Promote understanding of cultural considerations while raising awareness of the importance of a school culture of high expectations
  • Develop students’ critical thinking skills and interest in STEM.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion that recognises 10 hours of professional learning.

Find out more and register for the upcoming program in January 2021 here: https://www.csiro.au/en/Education/Programs/Indigenous-STEM/Programs/I2S2

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