CQUni Gladstone hosts Indigenous high school students for real world STEM experience

18 May 2021
Gladstone region Indigenous high school students were recently given a taste of what a career in STEM is like' as part of the second annual Yallarm STEM Camp' led by CQUniversity and the Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre (BIEEC).

The Yallarm Camp is a Science' Technology' and Maths camp (STEM) that was attended by dozens of Year 8 Indigenous students from Gladstone' Calliope' Mount Larcom and Miriam Vale' who immersed themselves in various activities' including raft building on the Boyne River.

They also visited Facing Island for some environmental science' technology and cultural activities.

A number of CQUniversity Education students also volunteered their time to speak to the students in an outdoor classroom setting.

The group also toured CQUni's Costal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre (CMERC) and STEM Central.

The high schoolers heard from sponsors Monadelphous about potential career paths' and even got to see the art exhibition by Gladstone-based artist Margaret Worthington' currently on display at CQUni's Gladstone Marina campus.

STEM Central Lead and CQUni Lecturer Dr Linda Pfeiffer said the Yallarm Camp was a wonderful experience for the students.

'Thank you to 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 and this camp is another example of how we are all working together to improve future outcomes for all'' she said.

She also thanked Monadelphous and the BIEEC for supporting the camp and for continuing to build relationships with the high schoolers and providing substantial academic and spiritual experiences.