State High School student, Hayden Bellingham was awarded a Peter Doherty Award
for Excellence in STEM last week.
Minister, Grace Grace announced the 12 winners of the STEM awards at a ceremony
on Friday, with Hayden the only student from the Darling Downs region
recognised. He received $5000 to put towards his tertiary studies related to
science and engineering. Hayden also received news that St Leo’s College in
Brisbane will have a place in residence for him to study at next year.
Grace said there were 189 applications this year which was a new record. “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,” Ms Grace said.