Grace presented awards to 25 successful nominees across six categories in Brisbane.

“This year a record 189 applications were received across the state for our Peter Doherty Awards, which is significantly higher than our previous record of 150 applications,” Grace said.

“Among our applicants were 22 members of the 2017 Girl Power Camp alumni, which makes me especially pleased and confident that our STEM education initiatives are achieving success.

“This year we are celebrating 16 years of the Peter Doherty Awards, which recognise students, teachers, schools, volunteers, mentors and organisations who demonstrate an outstanding and innovative contribution to STEM education in Queensland.”

Grace said the Palaszczuk Government’s strategy to strengthen STEM education in Queensland includes building teacher capability; lifting student achievement; and increasing student participation in STEM.

“The number of jobs in STEM fields is growing at more than twice the rate of other industries and occupations,” she said.

“That’s why we are committed to encouraging more students to engage in STEM, to prepare them for the jobs of the future.

“Under the Advancing STEM in Queensland State Primary Schools Initiative, we are investing $81.3 million over four years for primary schools to develop and enhance students’ learning in STEM subjects.

“I am also pleased to say that all Queensland state school students have access to a library of 16 humanoid robots, through our $660,000 Robotics for the Future initiative.

“Other government STEM initiatives include our annual Premier’s Coding Challenge; STEM Girl Power Initiative; $480,000 in scholarships for teachers in rural and remote areas; and virtual STEM academies that engage and challenge our best and brightest students.

“We also maintain the STEM hub website for parents and students; and operate the Queensland Coding Academy with resources for teachers and students.”

Grace thanked students, parents, teachers, principals and organisations who continue to work together to promote and encourage STEM education in state and non-state schools across Queensland.

The awards are named after Professor Peter Doherty, a Brisbane-born Nobel Prize winning scientist and former student of Indooroopilly State High School.


2019 Peter Doherty successful applicants list

Outstanding Senior STEM Student Awards — 12 winners

 Outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Senior STEM Student Awards — 4 winners

 Outstanding Teacher of STEM Awards — 5 winners

 Outstanding STEM Support Officer Awards — 2 winners

 Outstanding School STEM Award

STEM Education Partnership Award