STEM camp empowers Indigenous minds

STEM camp empowers Indigenous minds

Local Year 8 Indigenous students were given a taste of what a career in STEM would be like at last month’s second annual Monadelphous CQUniversity Yallarm STEM Camp.

Over four days, 19 students took part in a range of hands-on indoor and outdoor science, cultural and technology activities, including raft building on the Boyne River.

Students also visited Facing Island to learn about the island’s different ecosystems and Indigenous shell middens, which contain evidence of past hunting, gathering and food processing.

STEM Central Lead and CQUniversity Lecturer Dr Linda Pfeiffer said she would like to thank the students who were “so engaging and positive”.

“We are so fortunate in Gladstone to have strong relationships between our industry, schools, the environment and the university,” she said.

“This camp is another example of how we are all working together to improve future outcomes for all.”

As part of the camp students got to spend the day at CQU’s STEM Central facility and at the Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre, and learnt about career pathways through Monadelphous, a leading Australian engineering group.

Monadelphous said they were proud to have a strong, longstanding presence in the Gladstone Region.

“We’re committed to giving back to the communities in which we work, particularly through STEM education,” they said.

“Together we’re developing a bright future for younger generations.”

Dr Pfeiffer said she would like to thank CQUniversity staff and volunteers for supporting the camp, as well as Monadelphous for “generously funding this wonderful experience for our local Indigenous students”.

“I would especially like to thank Jayden and Cathy from Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre, who have gone above and beyond to build relationships with these kids, and to provide very deep learnings both academically and spiritually,” she said.

The Yallarm STEM Camp has been developed by the BIEEC in conjunction with CQU and is supported by Monadelphous.

Feature Photo Credit: Monadelphous Australia.