The next generation of young Aboriginal scientists, engineers and mathematicians will congregate at the Adelaide Convention Centre over the next two days for the third annual STEM Aboriginal student congress.
Numbers for this year’s congress have more than doubled from last year, with over 500 students from 140 schools plus teachers, elders, university undergraduates and expert leaders registered to attend the congress.
The congress engages Aboriginal students in Years 5 to 10 through a range of interactive, challenging and culturally relevant experiences designed to encourage more Aboriginal students to choose STEM subjects in Years 11 and 12.
Almost 50 workshops will be offered, as well as the opportunity to hear from Aboriginal elders who will share their stories and experiences on what it means to be powerful, Aboriginal learners.
The theme for this year’s congress is ‘living two worlds’ which celebrates 50,000 years of history, culture and knowledge that students can draw upon as they explore a future in STEM.
Earlier this year the South Australian Aboriginal Secondary Training Academy launched the states first ever Aboriginal STEM Academy. The academy provides Aboriginal students in years 11 and and 12 the opportunity to learn STEM in a university environment.
The Congress compliments the department's Aboriginal Education strategy.