About the program
The Advance Queensland STEM.I.AM Program aims to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enrolments in STEM-related university courses in Queensland by:
- delivering coordinated and targeted STEM engagement activities for young Indigenous people
- providing positive, hands on learning environments and experiences
- building capability in educators to deliver STEM classes such as coding and robotics
- profiling young Indigenous people in STEM to inspire self-belief, foster inclusion and encourage school participation
- encouraging participation in Queensland's innovation ecosystem
- developing close working partnerships between community groups, libraries, schools and universities
The activities delivered by partners to harness working relationships and programs with government departments, Indigenous communities, libraries, schools and universities include:
STEM.I.AM Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolling in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at Queensland universities.
The Queensland Government through the State Library of Queensland awarded funding of over $157,000 to eight Councils to deliver coding and robotics programs that support the participation and engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The programs are available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, from grades 5 to 12, through public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres in Aurukun, Cook, Douglas, Gladstone, Logan, North Burnett, Paroo and Townsville.
First Advance Queensland STEM.I.AM Scholarship recipient: Eva Hopewell, QUT Brisbane
Second Advance Queensland STEM.I.AM Scholarship recipient: Tarliya Baxter, CQU Bundaberg