STEM.I.AM Coding and Robotics program
About the program
The Advance Queensland STEM.I.AM Program is a coordinated program of activities to increase STEM engagement for Indigenous students from grades 5 to 12. It is a collaboration between the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, Carbon Media Pty Ltd, Department of Education and Training, State Library of Queensland and foundation sponsors including Google and FIRST Australia.
To help close the literacy and numeracy gap, greater participation in STEM from young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from urban, regional and remote communities across Queensland is needed.
Engagement in coding and robotics activities will help encourage and inspire students to study in a STEM field at university - an important pathway to achieving employment in STEM careers, vital in today’s knowledge economy.
STEM.I.AM coding and robotics activities in libraries
STEM.I.AM coding and robotics activities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students will be delivered in public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres in partnership with State Library of Queensland, from August 2017.
Activities include coding and robotics workshops, community-led coding and robotics clubs and coding and robotics competitions.
These activities are funded through the Advance Queensland STEM.I.AM coding and robotics grants for libraries. The grants assist libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres to deliver coding and robotics activities that utilise and strengthen existing connections between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and libraries through to increase STEM engagement for Indigenous students from grades 5 to 12.
Public libraries play a key role in the digital literacy learning ecology, and provide an informal, non-academic and non-judgmental environment for everyone in a community to learn, problem solve, and create.
STEM.I.AM coding and robotics activities will be delivered at public libraries and/or Indigenous Knowledge Centres in the following local government areas:
- Aurukun Aboriginal Shire Council
- Cook Shire Council
- Douglas Shire Council
- Gladstone Regional Council
- Logan City Council
- North Burnett Regional Council
- Paroo Shire Council
- Townsville City Council
For further details about the program partners and other STEM activities across Queensland visit the Advance Queensland STEM.I.AM website.