IGSA – Teachers of STEM Initiative

Jardibirrijba group and facilitators at Redcliff QLD

The Teachers of STEM Initiative is an innovative response to support Indigenous women to succeed in STEM. Developed by The Stronger Smarter Institute, through funding provided by the National Indigenous Australians Agency the Teachers of STEM Initiative provides: 

  • Support to Indigenous women to complete STEM teaching qualifications; 
  • Professional development for educators seeking to improve the STEM educational experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
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Are you an Indigenous woman interested in gaining a STEM teaching qualification?  

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More Information

What is STEM?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, STEM in education can be applied across all subject areas and is about using a range of skills to investigate the world.

Education in STEM must provide Australia with both expert practitioners and a knowledgeable and receptive community*.

*Office of the Chief Scientist, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the National interest: A Strategic Approach, Australian Government, Canberra.

What interests align with STEM education?
If you are interested in the following you could excel in a STEM teaching qualification:

  • Fishing
  • Cooking
  • Drones
  • Sports
  • Bush walking
  • Networking
  • Technology
  • Photography
  • Gardening
  • Crafting
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Family
  • Art

Who can access this support?
If you are any of the following you can register interest with the Stronger Smarter Institute for support in achieving STEM teaching qualifications:

  • University student
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Community Member
  • Degree Holder
  • Indigenous Education Worker
  • Secondary School Teacher

 The objectives of the Teachers of STEM Initiative are to:  

  1. support Indigenous women to complete STEM teaching qualifications; 
  2. improve the STEM educational experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, particularly women and girls;
  3. increase the number of Indigenous women teaching STEM in schools.  

The Teachers of STEM Initiative will operate nationally and aim to achieve the project objectives through two key components:  

  1. Mentoring and Support Pathways; and  
  2. Professional Development  

The Teachers of STEM Initiative will support two key cohort groups:  

  1. Indigenous women working towards STEM teaching qualifications; and 
  2. Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators that have an impact/influence on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants who are directly engaged with the Indigenous Girls’ STEM Academy student initiative. 

Funded by the National Indigenous Australians Agency.