Exploring STEM in the Mary River

Exploring STEM in the Mary River

Empowering Minds, Nurturing Scientific Curiousity

The Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee (MRCCC) kicked off National Science Week with a forum at the Mimburi Outdoor Education Centre, Belli Park on Saturday 12th August. The Exploring STEM in the Mary River forum featured Dr Margaret Cook, Research Fellow at the Australian Rivers Institute, Environmental Historian and author of a River with a City Problem, which examines south east Queensland’s history of flooding. The forum also included presentations by experts and practitioners in their respective fields, who will provide an insight into some of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) involved in land and water management, and highlight some of the unique threatened species and ecosystems in the Mary River catchment.

The forum was targeted at everyone in the community who has an interest in exploring the role that STEM plays behind the scenes in protecting our planet and its resources. Those attending were able to hear about some of the latest resource management techniques including drone surveying for koalas, eDNA monitoring, the tiny creatures at the bottom of the food chain and the adventures of water in our landscape.!

Download the full program here.

The Exploring STEM in the Mary River forum was supported by Inspiring Australia through the University of Queensland.  The MRCCC thanks Kabi Kabi Elder, Auntie Bev Hand, Dr Margaret Cook and Professor Mark Kennard from the Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, Rachel Lyons from the Noosa & District Landcare group and Wildcare Australia, Tom Espinoza from the Burnett Mary Regional Group,  John Day from Emu Ridge Consulting and the Noosa & District State High School.

The MRCCC acknowledges the Kabi Kabi people on whose land the forum is being held, and pay our respects to them and their Elders past, present and emerging.