Australia Day Recipients - Young STEM Award of the Year

CONGRATULATIONS Ava Smith and Skyla Birch.

Both were nominated for the Young STEM Award in this year's Fraser Coast Australia Day Awards, The nomination ceremony was held on the 23 January and we are proud to announce Ava and Skyla won their category.

They will officially receive the awards at the Brolga Theatre on Australia Day 26 January 2020

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In the past year the girls entered and won the Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards with their creation 'Lost Dawgz' a bone shaped device that dogs can wear on their collar that connects to an app on the owner's phone. The device alerts owners when their dog breaches boundaries and the owners can then use the app to live track their dog, send them voice commands (for those obedient dogs) and even take a wide shot photo of where the dog is at that time.

 

As part of their prize both girls went to Sydney to see the Telstra Muru Centre. While they were there, they were given the opportunity to present their pitch to real life businesses and the crowd thought they were amazing. From this, one of the Muru D staff members asked the girls to apply to be SheEO Activators as part of a Queensland Government Initiative that sponsored 10 women to be Activators.

Early in 2020 Ava and Skyla have begun reviewing businesses asking for funding from SheEO they decide and vote on which women-led venture should receive the money.

These young girls are enthusiastic, intelligent and have a real thirst for STEM and we are looking forward to seeing what else is in store for them in 2020