From individual students soaring to success after attending summer schools to award winners changing the world with their research, read our stories and learn how the Indigenous STEM Education Project is changing lives.
Taylah Griffin is the 2018 winner of the CSIRO Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tertiary Student STEM Achievement Award.
Taylah is a proud Gangulu woman who grew up in Gordonvale in Far North Queensland. She has a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and has presented at InspireU UQ, a tertiary aspiration-building program for Indigenous young people.
Taylah is passionate about aeroplanes and flight technology and has completed engineering internships at Boeing Defence Australia and QANTAS. She is also a Boeing Defence Australia STEM ambassador and has been an integral part of the Boeing Defence Australia Reconciliation Action Plan working team.
Rhett Loban is the 2018 winner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander STEM Professional Career Achievement award. Rhett is a Torres Strait Islander man, born in Brisbane. He is an Associate Lecturer at Macquarie University and is currently undertaking a PhD in Media Studies at the University of New South Wales. He also has a Masters of Information Technology from the Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Queensland.
Rhett is the designer of Torres Strait Virtual Reality, a virtual reality game to highlight the unique culture, traditions and history of Torres Strait Islander people. The game also illustrates Indigenous environmental knowledge of seasonal, plant and animal life cycles and how this aligns with the island surroundings like the stars and the wind. The game has been implemented in several university courses relating to education, environmental policy, Indigenous studies and game design.
Torres Strait Virtual Reality has also been used to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students in discussions around STEM careers. Rhett is passionate about using new technology and ways of learning in schools and universities, and is currently working at Macquarie University looking at the use of virtual reality for learning and teaching.