Unfortunately, due to the safety precautions of COVID-19, the Science Camp has been postponed possibly to be run later in the year.
The School of Indigenous Studies expanded its Outreach Programs in 2008 when it held its inaugural Science Camp for Indigenous Students.
The residential camp is now held annually in July for students in Year 10 & 11. It is held in Perth and includes visits to The University of Western Australia and other locations of scientific interest around the city.
The camp provides participants with a hands-on experience of science, engineering, medicine and technology. There is an emphasis on fields relevant to Indigenous communities in Western Australia, including sustainability, health, ecology, conservation, infrastructure, water, energy and mineral resources.
School students attending the camp will be engaged through the interweaving of cultural themes with participation from Indigenous scientists, engineers and health professionals demonstrating the relevance and importance of science and technology to Indigenous people. A careers forum and information session on selecting school subjects is held as part of the camp to encourage students to aspire towards university entrance. Current Indigenous Students will also assist as supervisors, acting as positive role models for students.
There is no cost to participants for attendance or travel thanks to support from UWA and Rio Tinto.