INDIGENOUS students from across Australia have gathered at the CSIRO this week for the Newcastle leg of the Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS).
The program lets more than 30 Aboriginal Year 10 students conduct science experiments, which might help them secure a STEM-based career in the future. It also has a focus on balancing traditional Aboriginal and Western cultures.
Chelsea Oui had traveled to Newcastle from Brisbane for ASSETS and said the school will help her later in life by giving her an opportunity to know where she’s from. “We’ve done a lot of workshops with weaving and dancing,” she said.
Thomas Furner, from Swansea, said the program could help in the future by giving a “good background” into Indigenous culture.