[Image: Students from Kururrungku Catholic Education Centre participating in Scitech’s Aboriginal Education Program]
A Scitech program sponsored by Woodsidehas won the Leading Edge Award for Visitor Experience at the Association of Science and Technology Centres (ASTC) awards held in Columbus, Ohio.
The Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards are presented each year to ASTC members in praise of remarkable accomplishments that enhance the performance of institutions, and significantly contribute to the mission of science-technology centres and museums.
Scitech’s Aboriginal Education Program (AEP) beat 12 other international entries in recognition for its delivery of science outreach in our State’s most remote communities.
The AEP was developed to address the need for more culturally-relevant science programs to be carried out in remote Indigenous communities. It has a strong focus on literacy and aims to cater to the learning style and needs of Aboriginal students and encourages involvement from the wider community.
Since its launch, five years ago, the AEP visits every remote community, every two years, and brings an extensive range of engaging science activities and resources, that recognise the communities’ unique Aboriginal culture and language.
Woodside’s second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), outlines our commitments from 2011 to 2015. The RAP allows for longer-term commitments, deeper relationships with community partners and most importantly – better outcomes for Indigenous communities.
Woodside partners with Scitech to contribute towards the increasing number of students completing secondary school and gaining post school qualifications. The AEP was designed as an opportunity to support science growth and interest in the community. Science and technology plays a vital role in society today and especially in industries such as ours.
A recent study by Edith Cowan University reveals that the AEP has a positive impact on dealing with educational needs of young Indigenous students, as well as engaging teachers in science.
Scitech CEO Alan Brien acknowledged Scitech’s great work and thanked the program’s sponsors, upon accepting the award.
“Not only is this prestigious award international recognition of the hard work our staff do in delivering this important program, but it also acknowledges the vital financial support we receive from the WA Government, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Woodside, without whom we could not have developed and delivered such a program.”
Woodside is proud to partner with Scitech and congratulates them for winning the Leading Edge Award.