Lirrwi Tourism Director Marcus Lacey - Gumurr Marthakal Rangers, Northern Territory, has been nominated as Winner of the 2018 STEM Champion Award.
Marcus is a proud Yolngu man, a community leader and a ranger for the Marthakal Indigenous Protected Area. He works with Shepherdson College in Galiwin’k through the Learning On Country program. He engages students through multi-language translation, bilingual-bimodal methods, and inclusive and targeted kinship practice within the classroom and on excursions. Marcus is passionate about the significance of local traditional knowledge to STEM education and its capacity to provoke confidence, psychological resilience and positive personal identity in students.
The CSIRO Indigenous STEM Awards recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and scientists who are studying and working in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field, as well as the integral role schools, teachers and mentors have in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in pursuing STEM education and careers. The awards also recognise the immense value of connecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with inspirational STEM role models, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.