The Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre had the privilege of organising and running this fantastic opportunity for local students! Our highly skilled teachers and dedicated staff opened the world of STEM to these young people.
Day 1: We have officially stated our inaugural Monadelphous CQUni Indigenous STEM camp with an opening ceremony on Monday. Thanks to the Monadelphous Group and CQUniversity Australia representatives who attended and have made this fully funded camp a possibility through their generous sponsorship.
Day 2: Monadelphous CQU Indigenous STEM camp saw students using engineering processes to develop a game and discover the science of fire. Through bush cooking the students learnt about indigenous practices of carbon farming and back burning. Additionally the students were involved in citizen science as they collected water samples , tested water quality and recorded data as well as completed a transect in the mangroves. Many hands on learning opportunities while experiencing STEM.
Students had the chance to utilise drone technology to take aerial environmental monitoring of a section of mangroves we regularly study. Students are now able to analyse this footage and add to their data set already collected to make conclusions about human impact on this ecosystem.
Day 3: What an amazing day at Facing Island today! Students were busy exploring various habitats, investigating indigenous significance and removing approximately 8kg of marine debris and microplastics from the beach. Tonight students will evaluate the data collected throughout the day! Extraordinary things are happening!
Day 4: Today the students visited CQuniversity Australia for an action packed day. We were honoured to have Aunty Neola provide a welcome to country and Wes take the students on a journey of identity. The ladies from AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) touched base regarding their program and the STEM hub was buzzing as the students programmed ozobots, studied live insects, made colouring pages come to life and become lab assistants for a marine biologist. It was great to have the team from Monadelphous join us for the experience. Thanks to all parties involved