Gilmore College student Djai Hunter has always been fascinated by science and learning about the “way things work”.
Her dedication, perseverance, commitment and passion for science and mathematics has landed her a national CSIRO 2019 Indigenous STEM Award in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Science Award category.
Djai said she was shocked to be recognised for her efforts.
“I’ve never won such a big award like this. It’s a big experience for me and all apart of my learning journey,” she said.
“Science has always been one of my biggest passions. I’ve always been interested in how things work.
“But in Year 8 my interest deteriorated a little and I got a D — that really gave me the opportunity to raise the bar for myself and improve.”
The Year 10 student has been in the school’s extension class for science and maths for the last year and during the holidays attended Curtin University’s Mission Discovery Program working with renowned scientists, NASA leaders and astronauts.
As part of the program her group designed and made an experiment to be launched into the International Space Station.
“Since then I’ve been really connected with science,” she said.
“I can’t wait to learn what’s next in the curriculum.”
Djai said her interest in STEM was further generated thanks to the support of the Follow the Dream program at Gilmore College — which supports indigenous students to recognise and embrace their skills and abilities.
“Follow the Dream really allowed me to open and expose myself to a lot of opportunities,” she said.
She also attends the Girls Programming Network at Edith Cowan University, learning and applying programming coding and is in the Indigenous Robotics Club, where she successfully led the Gilmore College Indigenous Robotics team to success at the First Lego League Robotics Competition held at Comet Bay College last year.
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