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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance


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.

ATSIMA 2018 Conference

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 from ATSIMA 2018 Conference

'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.'


Day of STEM

Register Now for the STEM Cup Maths Challenge!

ATSIMA recently launched a new partnership with Day of STEM, a national initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of STEM capabilities and improve Australia's 'National IQ' for STEM education pathways. The Day of STEM virtual platform, powered by LifeJourney, is a self-guided and self-paced online experience that allows student to explore different STEM careers through a range of industry professional.

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Response to The Australian 13/3/14: 'Indigenous culture in maths nonsense'

Dear Editor,
I would like to applaud Mr Warren Mundine and the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Council for ensuring that Indigenous Culture and Language is an integral part of the Australian Curriculum (Patricia Karvelas, “Warren Mundine: indigenous culture in maths nonsense”, 13/3); however, I disagree with the assertion that Indigenous perspectives should not be included in the maths and science curriculum since maths and science has no cultural basis.

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ATSIMA task group meets

ATSIMA's deadly task force met for the first time on 10 April 2015 in Brisbane to discuss feedback from our 2014 conference and to further develop strategies to improving learning (and hence employment) opportunties for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
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Blueprint for change

The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers conducted symposiums around Australia during 2013 to gain support for the Blueprint developed from the Make it count project and Special Interest Conference in 2012. There was a clear commitment for change and support for the creation of an alliance.

Click on the image below to view the symposium presentation:

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