YDC Blog

Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS)

Applications for the 2018/19 CSIRO ASSETS program are open from 22 May to 12 June 2018. Students from all over Australia will come together at one of three summer schools to be held in Townsville, Newcastle and Adelaide on the following dates: Townsville: 13–21 December 2018 Newcastle: 3–11 January 2019 Adelaide: 13–21 January…

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Congratulations to the 2017 CSIRO Indigenous STEM award winners!

Jim Lowe with Innisfail State College award winners (photo credit: Maria Girgenti)

In March we were delighted to hear that several participants in the PRIME Futures Program had won 2017 Indigenous STEM awards. Jim Lowe, YDC Senior Research Associate, recently attended ceremonies in Townsville and Innisfail where the award winners were presented with their medals and certificates. Camila Zuniga-Greve won a teacher award…

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Teaching mathematics to students with disability

Professor Tom Cooper delighted attendees at Down Syndrome Queensland’s annual Endless Possibilities conference in March with his workshop on teaching mathematics to students with disability. “Really learned about kinaesthetic mathematics which was great – he has a great sense of humour” “Just as motivating as he was 20 years ago when he…

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Maths, story and dance: an Indigenous approach to teaching

Dr Chris Matthews

A new method using culture-based storytelling to teach maths to Aboriginal children is reaping results. Aboriginal school children on average lag two years behind their non-Indigenous peers when it comes to maths, but according to one expert we can bridge the gap by paying better attention to culture. “Maths and science are very much…

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