Enabling a Better Future

Our Partners

NISEP uses science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to place Indigenous secondary students in leadership roles at school, community and university-based events so they gain the confidence, motivation and aspiration to finish school and pursue pathways to tertiary education and employment.

NISEP is a unique collective of Aboriginal Elders and community members, university staff and students, school staff and STEM organisations committed to helping the educational attainment of Indigenous youth in a meaningful way.

We provide in-school, community and university events. NISEP targets high schools from low socioeconomic rural, regional and metro areas. Annually we place around 200 Indigenous students in leadership roles. We are committed to working with our student leaders over their high school studies so as to strengthen their confidence and aspirations.

Macquarie University

With a motto “For the Public Good”, Charles Sturt University is a university of the land and people of our regions. True to the character of regional Australia we have gumption, we have soul, and we collaborate with others. We develop holistic, far-sighted people who help their communities grow and flourish. The Wiradjuri phrase yindyamarra winhanganha means the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in. This phrase represents who we are at CSU – our ethos. It comes from traditional Indigenous Australian knowledge, but it also speaks to the mission of universities – to develop and spread wisdom to make the world a better place.

Charles Sturt University is Australia’s largest inland University with 6 major campus located in Albury, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, and Wagga Wagga. Charles Sturt will contribute to Future STEM Gen by providing academic support to local high schools with staff who have a long history of engagement in outreach activities and a commitment to providing educational opportunities in STEM to students in rural and regional Australia. For Future STEM Gen, Charles Sturt will be partnering with Billabong, Kooringal, and Mount Austin High Schools.


Deakin University
Researchers from School of Life and Environmental Sciences and the School of Education, at Deakin University, Victoria, are collaborating on incorporating sustainability into chemistry education. We have developed Elements of Sustainable Chemistry (eschemistry.org) as an interdisciplinary research hub focussed on developing teaching and learning resources that promote the central role chemistry has in meeting the 21st century’s global sustainable development challenges.
The ESChemistry team have also been very active providing professional learning opportunities to local schools and through teacher association conferences. The Future STEM Gen project provides the perfect opportunity to extend this research into rural and regional schools in Victoria.


Elements of Sustainable Chemistry research hub
School of Education, STEME research group
School of Life and Environmental Sciences

The Oorala Youth Program / University of New England (UNE)
The Oorala Youth Program provides dynamic face-to-face and online programs where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students are supported to reach their full potential. Run by the Oorala Aboriginal Centre at the University of New England in Armidale, a highlight of the program is the Experience Days, held regularly throughout the year. With a strong focus on STEM, the Experience Days harness the expertise of UNE’s staff and partners to engage students with single-day events and activities to encourage and inspire young people to explore STEM-related subjects through hands-on learning. The program is proud to partner with Future STEM Gen to craft events that attract students and highlight the many opportunities in STEM-related career pathways.


The ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science
At the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, we are excited about the possibilities of transforming light into energy and energy into light. We are a collaboration of academia and industry focused on innovative research to improve solar energy technology, lighting, and security systems. We are also passionate about supporting young people to learn more about and become empowered in the use and development of renewable energy technologies. One of our major annual Outreach programs in the Solar Cell Challenge in which we provide the kits, methodologies and guidance to secondary students around Australia to create their very own Dye Sensitised Solar Cell (DSSC). Our contribution to the Future STEM gen project is to provide and tailor these resources to guide STEM students through a complex chemical practical in which they synthesize a modern solar cell using natural dyes available in their own communities.


Code Club Australia
Code Club Australia is a national charity program, supported by the Telstra Foundation, that provides free resources and training to give every child the chance to learn how to code.


Fizzics Education
Fizzics Education is a multi-award winning science education company with extensive experience in science outreach, remote education, and workshop design. Fizzics Education is working with the project partners to design the STEM gardens and coordinate the online discussions between schools.



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Acknowledgment of Country
Macquarie University acknowledges the traditional custodians of the Macquarie University land, the Wallumattagal clan of the Dharug nation - whose cultures and customs have nurtured, and continue to nurture, the land since Dreamtime.