26 September 2023

School STEM champions receive awards

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The Department of Education and Training has recognised leading students, staff and schools in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the 2022 Peter Doherty Awards.

Minister for Education, Grace Grace said the awards attracted 119 applications from State and non-State schools across Queensland.

Of these, 28 applicants were successful across six categories, receiving total prizemoney of $140,000.

“Each $5,000 prize will enable students to continue their STEM studies and hopefully spur them on to even higher achievement in this important field, and encourage future STEM learning and career pathways,” Ms Grace said.

“Careers in STEM are the careers of the future and will make up many of Queensland’s good jobs, supporting better services and great lifestyles in the years to come.”

In total, 22 student prizes were awarded across the categories of Outstanding Senior Student, Outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Senior Student and Outstanding Rural and Remote Senior Student.

Also recognised were three outstanding teachers and one outstanding STEM support officer.

“Two schools, Vale View State School and Cooran State School, round out the 28 prizes awarded,” Ms Grace said.

“I am particularly pleased to note that 20 of the applications came from students who attended the STEM Girl Power Camp in Year 10, with five of them winning awards.”

She said the camps encouraged girls to pursue careers in STEM, offering a five-day experience where they had the opportunity to enrich their skills, visit innovative facilities and learn from industry experts.

The full list of winners can be accessed on the Peter Doherty website at this PS News link.

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