The 2008 pilot of the new ASSETS was hosted at the Australian Science and Mathematics School (ASMS), based on the campus of Flinders University, in conjunction with Wiltja, a residential accommodation facility for young Indigenous students in South Australia.
Of critical importance was the fact that Wiltja staff were trained in youth work and had considerable experience with Indigenous teenagers.
Residential staff provided support to students at Wiltja. They developed quite strong relationships with some of the students and generally held them in high regard.
The final closing ceremony evidenced high levels of emotional engagement with Indigenous role models and staff at Wiltja. In final presentations, students depicted themselves as future Indigenous leaders, many in the fields of science and medicine.