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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance

Introducing STEM and STEAM Camp Presenters

ATSIMA working in collaboration with the NSW AECG Inc. and NSW Department of Education would like to take the opportunity to introduce TORRES WEBB who presents a workshop at the NSW STEM and STEAM camps entitled 'Sounds of the Deep'.

To find out more about Torres and his workshop click here. 

STEM and STEAM Camps

ATSIMA has been working in collaboration with NSW AECG Inc and NSW Department of Education and have been running STEM and STEAM Youth Development Camps in 2018.

The camps teach Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths, (STEM)  and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) subjects through a cultural lens to inspire students. 

The demand for the camps is high, often having 250 students applying for each workshop, with just 100 places available. 

Students attending the camps learn their angles through the art of spear making, and aerodynamics by studying boomerangs and drones. They learn magnatism through storytelling and understand chemistry through bush medicine.  

This video produced by the NSW AECG shows some highlights from the STEM Camp in April 2018, organised in collaboration with ATSIMA and the NSW Department of Education.

ATSIMA 2020 Yirrkala

ATSIMA is excited to announce ATSIMA 2020 will be in Yirrkala an Indigenous Community in Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory of Australia, 18 km South-East from the large mining town of Nhulunbuy. ATSIMA together with Yirrkala Bilingual School will work in collaboration.

This opportunity to attend a conference right in the middle of where Culture and mathematics is being taught is not to be missed.

If you would like to work in collaboration with ATSIMA and Yirrkala School please contact Melinda Pearson

More coming soon about the ATSIMA 2020 Conference. 

Watch this video to learn more about Yirrkala school.

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Website Under Reconstruction

ATSIMA is currently updating this website, if you have any queries please contact Melinda Pearson Thankyou.


The signed canvas which you see as the background of this website is a very important part of ATSIMA history. 

Conference delegates at the 2016 ATSIMA conference in Wollongong called for a revolution in mathematics education for Indigenous learners in Australia and showed their commitment to making this difference by signing their names and joining the movement...

The 2018 Conference 'Starting the Revolution' facilitated the movement, bringing together Indigenous people to discuss knowledges and connections with mathematics. The conference delegates worked through ideas for the development of an Indigenous mathematics curriculm.

Click here to see more about the development of an Indigenous mathematics curriculum.


2018 Conference 'Starting the Revolution'

The 2018 ATSIMA Conference 'Starting the Revolution' was a fantastic 4 days which facilitated the discussion and brought together Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators to discuss Indigenous knowledges and connections with mathematics.

The conference delegates worked through ideas for the development of an Indigenous mathematics curriculum.   

Please see an outline of the emerging themes that will form a basis for an Indigenous mathematics curriculum/pedagogy.


Feedback received from ATSIMA 2018

'I've come to multiple ATSIMA conferences, and it's absolutely crucial to my maths teaching to have this connection with the wider network.'

'Trust our students, believe in them - they are capable of great things.'

'I felt honored to listen to Aboriginal people and their visions for the future.'

'To understand Indigenous perspectives, I need to hear articulate speakers, and the conference certainly provided that opportunity.'



'all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners will be successful in mathematics'

Partner with ATSIMA

ATSIMA is looking for innovative partners for a number of initiatives. These include:

  • Developing mathematics and STEM based teaching and learning approaches and resources
  • Rolling out further STEAM camps for students
  • ATSIMA Schools pilot program
  • Development of professional learning programs for teachers that connect and transfer classroom learning to real life contexts and opportunities in business and industry
  • Research that will support education systems, communities and business to make a difference
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