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Empower Indigenous Student Leaders

A project by: National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP)


WE RAISED $5,300

from 22 donors

This project received pledges on Fri 06 Dec 2019
Help Indigenous student leaders shine at the 2020 ConocoPhillips Macquarie Science Experience

Help us cover the travel costs of Indigenous youth from rural regions to be student leaders at the 2020 ConocoPhillips Macquarie Science Experience. We have a pool of Indigenous leaders from schools in northern NSW and the Riverina who have helped us deliver science events within their communities. Now they are ready to bring their skills to this Sydney based event.

For all our events, we select students who typically would not be offered similar opportunities, such as those who are shy, have low self-esteem or are disengaged at school, and those who experience significant barriers to inclusion such as their rural location and inability to afford a trip to Sydney.


The ConocoPhillips Macquarie Science Experience (January 20-22, 2020) provides year 9-11 students with three days of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workshops, talks and hands-on activities presented by Macquarie researchers from diverse fields (www.scienceexperience.com.au). The NISEP Indigenous youth are given the added opportunity of being trained as leaders (January 19) and guiding groups of the attendees across the duration of the event.


Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth experience lower rates of secondary and tertiary education achievement compared to non-Indigenous Australians. Placing our students in positions of trust and responsibility as leaders value adds to their experiences at our events by directly building on their confidence and skills. We have found that this encourages them to believe in themselves and go on to do great things. You can see a selection of our student leaders’ stories here: http://bit.ly/NISEPStudentJourneys

NISEP has a proven track record of helping Indigenous youth. Of our student leaders:

8/10 expressed an increased interest in science

6/10 an increased desire to complete school

6/10 an increased desire to go on to tertiary education

9/10 found being leader a good or inspiring experience


Your donations will be used to cover the following travel costs for the Indigenous student leaders. For one student to attend:

Flights: $360 return (average value from airports in Riverina and northern NSW regions)

Accommodation and meals (4 nights): $470

Local travel (e.g. taxis, trains): $50

TOTAL: $880

Our minimum target of $1,760 will allow two students to come to the event. The more funds we raise, the more students we will be able to support to attend!


The National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP) empowers Indigenous secondary students by placing them in science leadership positions that give them the confidence, motivation and skills to complete school and pursue pathways to employment and/or higher education. NISEP began in 2004 in response to a heartfelt call by Aboriginal Elders to assist their youth and ever since we’ve been organising school, community and university-based events that let our student leaders shine. NISEP encompasses partner universities, schools, Indigenous communities and outreach organisations working together to make a difference to the lives of Indigenous youth.


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The more people who know about this campaign, the more likely we are to make this work out brilliantly!

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Website: www.nisep.org.au