In March we were delighted to hear that several participants in the PRIME Futures Program had won 2017 Indigenous STEM awards. Jim Lowe, YDC Senior Research Associate, recently attended ceremonies in Townsville and Innisfail where the award winners were presented with their medals and certificates.
Camila Zuniga-Greve won a teacher award as an active and committed teacher at Heatley State School in Townsville, a participant in Cluster 2 of PRIME Futures since it commenced in late 2015. Camila is passionate about promoting and embedding Indigenous perspectives in all areas of her teaching, and works tirelessly to engage other staff in doing the same. During her years at Heatley State School she developed strong ties with elders and members of the local community and used their knowledge and experience when possible.
Camila is now working at a new school on the Sunshine Coast and is still keen to use and promote YuMi Deadly Maths. She returned to Heatley for the presentation, which was held on 4 May. After the presentation the school ran a Maths Fiesta where students engaged in a variety of hands-on maths activities, a key feature of the YDM approach to teaching and learning maths.
Two students at Innisfail State College, Angela Barley and Russell Sands, won the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Maths Award and a third student, Haylee Day, was a finalist. Jim Lowe attended the presentation ceremony held on 30 April (see photo). Innisfail State College participates in PRIME Futures Cluster 8, which consists of eight schools from Innisfail to Mossman and the tablelands in Far North Queensland.
The YuMi Deadly Centre congratulates all the STEM Award winners and finalists on their outstanding achievements. Further details of the 2017 award winners and finalists are available on the CSIRO website.
Photo credit: Maria Girgenti, Cassowary Coast Independent News.