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Crows Indigenous stem program
STEMfooty will travel to the state’s north-west and APY Land
schools thanks to a new partnership with the Bibbulmun Fund.
Working with the Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Education
Committee (PYEC) and the Yadu Health Aboriginal Corporation, this new partnership
will see the program reach over 150 students in these remote areas.
Delivered by the Adelaide Crows Foundation, STEMfooty combines
classroom learning with hands-on experiences to use football as an avenue to
inspire a greater understanding of, and interest in, Science, Technology,
Engineering and Maths for Year 7 students.
In regional schools who have so far participated in the
program, Indigenous students have shown a 75 per cent increase in their
STEMfooty academic results.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are currently under-represented
in STEM, particularly at the university level, where 0.5% of the Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander population has a STEM qualification, compared to 5% of
the non-Indigenous population.
STEMfooty Manager Katie Gloede said she hoped the program
would help students look at science and maths in a new light.
“We have worked with some regional schools in the past;
however this partnership will see us take our program to students from the
farthest corners of our state,” Gloede said.
“Thanks to support from the Bibbulmun Fund, teachers from
these schools will take part in an intensive face to face induction and our
educators will travel to the schools twice during the year to support the
“This will ensure the students receive the best possible
experience and the opportunity to get everything they possible can from the
“It has been fantastic working with the Bibbulmun Fund, PYEC
and Yadu Health to work out the best way to deliver the program to these
“Football is such a massive part of the community in these regions,
and we know the students will respond to this program.”
Adelaide Football Club Indigenous Programs Manager Jeremy
Johncock said he hoped the program would encourage more students from these
areas to consider a career in maths and science.
“Many young Indigenous people think of maths and science as
something done in a notebook in the classroom, and the beauty of this program
is opening their eyes to all the different ways that these subjects play a role
in their lives,” Johncock said.
“A big benefit of this program in these schools is that we
aren’t taking kids out of the classroom to do extracurricular activities –
everything they learn in STEMfooty is part of their curriculum, but we are
putting it in a context that they understand.
“COVID has meant we haven’t had the ability to go out to
these communities like we have in the past, but this program is the perfect
opportunity to get back out there and build on our relationships with the
communities and schools”
The Bibbulmun Fund designs and delivers programs around
entrepreneurship, education, numeracy and literacy for Indigenous students.
Chairperson of the Bibbulmun Fund Kim Collard said the Board
was excited to support the STEMfooty Program. We were impressed with the way this
program uses football as the ‘vehicle’ to get students into the classroom and then
to deliver science, technology, engineering and maths subjects into the
classroom curriculum in such a culturally appropriate context was the
determining factor in supporting this initiative.
We look forward to receiving regular updates from the Crows
Foundation on the students progress of the STEMfooty Program.
The Adelaide Football Club is committed to being an active
participant in Australia’s reconciliation journey.
The Club’s Second Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan can be
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