SSiSTEMIK Pathways

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples have been gathering and honing traditional skills and knowledge for more than 65,000 years. They are the world’s first Scientists, Technicians, Engineers and Mathematicians

The Stronger Smarter Institute offers educators and community leaders the opportunity to have deeper engagement in the role that Indigenous Knowledges have in shaping and redefining science, technology, engineering, and mathematics now and into the future.

At Stronger Smarter we recognise the opportunity to build on the strong foundations that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students demonstrate in STEM classroom spaces. We have responded by creating the Stronger Smarter Institute Indigenous Knowledges in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (SSiSTEMIK) Pathways.


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SSiSTEMIK Pathways offers 2-day and 4-day masterclasses that allow participants to deepen their understanding of STEM and the integral role that Indigenous Knowledges plays at the centre. After exploring Indigenous Research Methodologies, participants will design a research challenge to take back to their workplace.  Throughout this journey, participants will be supported by the Indigenous Knowledge Expert and the Stronger Smarter Institute Research and Impact team member.

Why does the SSiSTEMIK Pathway exist?

The Office of the Chief Scientist estimates that seventy-five percent of the fastest growing occupations for the future will require Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills and knowledges and that there is a growing crisis and STEM skills shortage. Concurrently the latest PISA results show that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are outperforming their non-Indigenous peers in Science in the areas of the awareness of environmental issues, the knowledge, and application of science beliefs and constructs and they possess more optimism about environmental issues.  However, students’ levels of achievement in national and international testing does not reflect these inherent perspectives.

The SSiSTEMIK Pathway offerings provide implementable strategies and processes developed by Indigenous Knowledge experts and educators that are based on a wide body of research. The strategies and processes provide teachers with the Indigenous Knowledges in STEM thinking and culturally responsive tools to add to their toolkits.

Who should attend?

  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander educators
  • Experienced educators
  • Specialist teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics
  • Heads of Curriculum/Departments
  • Non-School Educational providers
  • Researchers in Indigenous Education and STEM


SSiSTEMIK Masterclass

SSiSTEMIK Masterclasses are designed to be run over 2x 2-day sessions 5-6 weeks apart. This allows participants to undertake the cycle of deepening and designing research with time to consolidate core understanding and forward thinking.

Following on from the success of the inaugural SSiSTEMIK Masterclass Pilot in 2018, the SSiSTEMIK Masterclass: Science will again feature Fire Practitioner Victor Steffensen and Jodi Edwards.

Victor and Jodi will take participants on a journey that highlights their Indigenous Knowledge systems and how that is relatable to each community across the country. Through place-based learning and sitting circle, participants will further deepen their knowledge to design their own research challenge with access to Indigenous Knowledge Experts and Stronger Smarter Research and Impact team members. These challenges will be taken back to schools and workplaces to improve student’s engagement and outcomes in the Science classroom.

This masterclass is best suited to teachers and leaders who are teaching or leading implementation of the Science curriculum. Researchers or people that are interested in learning more about Science and Indigenous communities will also find this Masterclass beneficial.

* Applications for NESA and TQI accreditation are currently underway

Enquire below if you are seeking:

  • A research pathway in Indigenous Education
  • Exposure to the current Indigenous STEM research to inform your teaching practice
  • Culturally responsive ways to engage all students especially Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students with STEM
  • Hands on Professional Learning with real implementation outcomes
  • An opportunity to listen and engage with Indigenous experts in the field of Indigenous STEM
  • A program that is linked to the National Curriculum (ACARA) and the National Teaching Standards (AITSL)
  • To build your capacity and confidence to teach STEM through an Indigenous lens