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
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