MEDIA ALERT: Indigenous school students connect with Science and Engineering at ANU

Thursday, December 14, 2017 — Indigenous school students with a passion for science are at The Australian National University (ANU) this week for the National Indigenous Science and Engineering Summer School.

The enthusiastic group of 19 high school students from years 10 and 11 have travelled to Canberra from as far away as Innisfail, QLD and Two Rocks, WA.

Across six days, the students will take part in hands-on lectures and activities on areas as diverse as statistical ecology, genomic medicine and climate and fluid dynamics.

“The saying ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’ rings true for so many students in rural and remote communities in Australia,” said Anne Martin, Director of the Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre at ANU.

“It is a great learning experience for all of us. The students interact and ask questions of world-leading scientists and engineers and the academics hear from the students about the challenges facing their communities.”

MEDIA NOTE: On Thursday, media are invited to meet the students and observe one of the activities being run by The Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU at the National Arboretum Canberra.

The session is an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for mapping vegetation and will involve “ground truthing” and the use of a drone.

WHAT: National Indigenous Science and Engineering Summer School.

WHO:  Anne Martin, Director, Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre, ANU
•    Izayah Davis (Student from Perth)
•    Caitlin Watson (Student from Innisfail)

WHERE: Meet at Dairy Farmers Hill Lookout, Forest Drive, National Arboretum Canberra. Parking available in the carpark at Dairy Farmers Hill at the top of Forest Drive. 

WHEN: Thursday 14 December 2017.  12:30pm.      

Contacts: Jane Faure-Brac, ANU Media:             0459 852 243
   Lynne Sealie, National Arboretum Canberra:     0419 876 370

For media assistance, contact the ANU Media hotline on 6125 7979 or email