The Advance Queensland STEM.I.AM program aims to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students choosing to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at university.
STEM.I.AM. aims to help close the literacy and numeracy gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and ensure they have the skills to actively contribute to and benefit from the positive social and economic opportunities of a knowledge-based economy of the future.
STEM.I.AM is supporting a range of initiatives for Indigenous students from grades 5 to 12:
- Coding and robotics workshops
- Establishing community-led coding clubs
- Student participation in state and national coding and robotics competitions
- Professional development training for teachers
- Scholarships in ICT at Universities
The program is being delivered by a number of partners and will build on existing momentum and connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The Advance Queensland STEM.I.AM program is led by the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation in collaboration with the Department of Education and Training, the State Library of Queensland, Carbon Media Pty Ltd, and corporate sponsors including FIRST Australia and Google. Each partner is committed to improve the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in coding and robotics through the development of close working partnerships with Indigenous communities, libraries, schools and universities.
Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation
The Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) works closely with all agencies to drive the government’s priorities in research, science, innovation, technology, intellectual property, service delivery.
DSITI plays an important leadership and delivery role in Advance Queensland, including $405 million funding, and is the centrepiece of the state government’s drive to create the knowledge-based jobs of the future.
DSITI will lead and coordinate the overall delivery of the Advance Queensland STEM.I.AM program, as well providing University ICT scholarships through the program
State Library of Queensland
State Library of Queensland plays a lead role in serving all Queenslanders through state-wide library services and partnerships with Councils to support over 340 public libraries, including 23 Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKCs).
As a leader in the provision of library services for Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, State Library is an Advance Queensland STEM.I.AM program delivery partner, which actively support collaboration with public libraries and IKCs by supporting local coding and robotics initiatives which engage with their community.
State Library of Queensland will administer the Advance Queensland STEM.I.AM coding and robotics grants program. The grants for the delivery of coding and robotics activities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are open to Councils for the delivery through IKCs and public libraries to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities’ engagement with coding and robotics. Councils will be notified when the program is open.
Co-ordinator, Public Library Services
Telephone: (07) 3842 9049
Department of Education and Training (DET)
DET is committed to ensuring Queenslanders have the education and skills they need to contribute to the economic and social development of Queensland.
Solid Pathways is a unique, academic extension program that supports high-achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The program is designed to assist high-achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students develop their critical and creative thinking skills while supporting their sense of cultural identity. Students participate in weekly online lessons and have the opportunity to engage in face-to-face workshops, camps and academic extension activities that support students to identify and maintain high aspirations for school and beyond.
Through the Advance Queensland STEM.I.AM program, DET will deliver activities to Solid Pathways students and their teachers:
- Coding and robotics workshops at the Solid Pathways camps
- Identification of students through Solid Pathways camps who will participate in coding clubs at a school level or as a school cluster
- Encourage participation in coding/robotics competitions
- Professional development for teachers who support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in STEM studies.
Principal Project Officer, Indigenous Education Performance
Telephone: (07) 3513 5738