The Courier-Mail

INSPIRING A NEW GENERATION

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Arecent Brisbane visit by astrobiolo­gist and co-leader of NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission Dr Abigail Allwood enabled her to conduct a hands-on STEM workshop at QUT for students from Somerville House, where she did her schooling. As the first female and first Australian principal investigat­or to lead any mission to Mars, Dr Allwood was very keen to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineerin­g and mathematic­s (STEM) careers. Dr Allwood graduated from QUT with a first-class honours degree in geoscience and believes the lack of domestic inspiratio­n for young Australian­s to pursue science, technology, engineerin­g and mathematic­s (STEM) careers will impact on the number of graduating home-grown scientists, engineers and technologi­sts. Dr Allwood was in Brisbane visiting QUT to accept an Outstandin­g Alumnus Award from the university’s science and engineerin­g faculty.

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with SSomervill­e TOP RIGHT:GHT Dr Allwood
Erica McLean, House HOD Science
and QUT STEM teacher Suavi Lipinski
Anne Brant. teacher in residence,
Somerville House students with Dr Allwood. with SSomervill­e TOP RIGHT:GHT Dr Allwood Erica McLean, House HOD Science and QUT STEM teacher Suavi Lipinski Anne Brant. teacher in residence,
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