Alana dives in for Marine Science adventure

Year 10 student Alana Dooley has been offered an amazing opportunity to take part in a nine-day marine science residential program in Townsville, Queensland in December.

Alana recently received notification that she has been accepted into CSIRO’s Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS), a prestigious program for high-achieving Indigenous students who have an interest in science.

ASSETS is offered in Adelaide, Newcastle and Townsville each year. Alana successfully applied to attend the Marine Science program in Townsville.

“There will be students there from all over Australia,” she said. “I am looking forward to meeting them and learning more about Aboriginal culture and the land.”

“I chose the marine science stream as it is an area of science where I have not had a lot of experience. I thought that it would be good to try something new.”

Students attending the program will have an opportunity to connect with culture and be involved in a variety of cultural experiences, learning about traditional medicine, bush tucker, art, music, dance and cooking.

James Cook University and the Australian Institute of Marine Science will also provide immersive scientific activities. Leadership and personal development workshops will enable students to explore career options and help with planning for post-school pathways.

Alana receives a full scholarship to attend the program, including return airfares, meals and accommodation. ASSETS is managed by CSIRO and funded by the BHP Billiton Foundation.

Keegan Sherwood and Alana Dooley will enjoy opportunities to build their skills on opposite sides of the nation during the term break.

Engineering opportunity

Keegan Sherwood is such a bright spark he is off to university this school holidays.

Keegan has won a place in Curtin University’s Electrical Engineering School (EES), which targets Year 11 or 12 who have an aptitude towards Mathematics and Physics and are passionate about electronics, computing, robotics, electrical power, and technology.

The EES is a hands-on experience that provides students with the opportunity to take part in fun and challenging activities and learn about the different streams within Electrical and Software Engineering.

Participants will work with student engineers and Curtin staff to learn and improve skills in project management, teamwork, programming, prototyping, electrical circuits and soldering.