Careers with STEM: Indigenous career guide, launched to inspire young Indigenous students in Australia and New Zealand to pursue STEM courses and careers, is available this week.
We’ve partnered with some awesome Indigenous organisations, designers, artists and STEM professionals to bring you our first ever Indigenous special issue: packed with 31 role models, Indigenous-first STEM stories, scholarship opportunities & heaps more!
The magazine celebrates and showcases the science, technology, engineering and maths that busts stereotypes about who works in STEM and what those jobs look like, while providing an Indigenous-first and inclusive viewpoint of STEM.
Produced by Refraction Media and Indigenous STEM organisations Indigitek, Pūhoro STEM Academy and AATEA in collaboration with Google, this 20-page digital magazine, Careers with STEM: Indigenous, celebrates the contributions of Indigenous people to STEM – historically, now and into the future.
First Nations first STEM innovators
“Indigenous people have been innovating, inventing, and experimenting for thousands of years,” says Celeste Carnegie, Program Manager of Indigitek, a non-profit Indigenous STEM community organisation that co-designed the issue.
“This magazine showcases the many Indigenous people who are doing amazing work in science, technology, engineering, and maths across Australia and Aotearoa. We are providing a different perspective on STEM, including the way in which Indigenous people continue to innovate through culture.”
“It’s important that our STEM leaders are celebrated and incorporated into careers planning and STEM teaching to ensure these stories are highlighted and young people understand the career and study pathway opportunities out there.”
“The magazine has been co-designed with both teachers and young people – Indigenous writers, designers, and photographers, to ensure that it is relevant to Indigenous people and provides useful insights to inspire young people about ongoing Indigenous innovation in STEM,” she says.
Heather Catchpole, CEO of Refraction Media (publishers of Careers with STEM) said that Careers with STEM: Indigenous magazine is an important new tool when it comes to highlighting Indigenous people working in STEM careers.
“For too long we’ve told a story of science and technology being lab or office-bound careers for white males. The reality is so different!
“You can be just as successful in a STEM career while remaining on the country you are connected to, and you can work across so many diverse industries from gaming and music to conservation and space exploration.
“The magazine is also relevant for non-Indigenous people looking to understand more about Indigenous STEM and to get inspired by the amazing Indigenous entrepreneurship and innovation happening in Australia and New Zealand.”
The magazine will be distributed by the school outreach and Indigenous STEM programs in both countries and is free to access via CareerswithSTEM.com, reaching 750,000 students annually in person, print and online.
Want to read more about Indigenous STEM stories? Check out these resources:
- Indigenous STEM role models
- Careers with STEM Indigenous STEM stories
- Watch NGNY founder Liam Rideway’s STEM journey
Need more STEM career inspiration? All our amazing digital magazines are available online free.
Oh, and don’t miss out on future Careers with STEM events! Our events include panel discussions, workshops, large-scale presentations and exhibitions. Sign up to our e-newsletter or check out our regularly updated events page.
You can also catch up on our past events at Careers with STEM On Demand. Happy viewing!
Careers with STEM: Indigenous proudly bought to you by Google.
Author: Heather Catchpole
Heather co-founded Careers with STEM publisher Refraction Media. She loves storytelling, Asian food & dogs and has reported on science stories from live volcanoes and fossil digs