DeadlyScience and Merck Offer Physics, Chemistry and Biology Experiments for Young Indigenous Scientists
Merck, a leading science and technology company, is proud to support DeadlyScience’s new DeadlyLab program to create STEM learning kits for students in remote areas. The kits will explore chemistry, physics and biology with experiments based on Indigenous science.
DeadlyScience was founded in 2019 by proud Kamilaroi man Corey Tutt OAM and has delivered over 20,000 books, 500 telescopes and countless other learning tools to students in remote communities.
Today, Merck and DeadlyScience are partnering with Indigenous communities, Elders and Indigenous subject matter experts to create experiments, complete with worksheets and video tutorials, that can be used in classrooms. class or at home.
“We work with hundreds of remote schools, which collectively have over 28,000 students. More than 75% are indigenous.
“We want to get them interested in science, help them learn through play and hands-on experience, and introduce them to Indigenous scientists. You can’t be what you can’t see,” Corey says.
The first kit, themed around chemistry, is currently being developed with the Garawa and Gunindiri people at Robinson River in the rural Northern Territory.
“We had the privilege of listening to and learning from the acting principal of Robinsons River School, as well as two Aboriginal elders, Patsy Anne and Susan.
The students are also very enthusiastic. Right now we’re thinking about some great suggestions for chemistry experiments, including making soap and testing bush drugs for bioactives,” says Corey.
Merck and DeadlyScience aim to distribute the first kit to approximately 500 children in various remote communities and track impacts on Indigenous STEM education and engagement.
“The initial project also includes an internship training program for emerging Indigenous science communicators to join the DeadlyScience team,” said Rebecca Lee, Managing Director of Life Sciences and National Speaker, Merck ANZ.
“We are delighted to work with Corey, who was awarded an Order of Australia Medal on Monday for his service to Indigenous STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths education,” she says.
“We have a commitment to science education programs and are passionate about sparking the curiosity of the next generation of scientists. The DeadlyLab STEM program aligns perfectly with our science education outreach programs which are modeled on the principles of inclusion and equity. Partnering with DeadlyScience also allows our organization to give back locally and effectively engage our employees in meaningful volunteer opportunities. said Rebecca.
“Science is at the heart of everything we do at Merck,” adds Josie Downey, General Manager Healthcare at Merck ANZ.
“It’s such a privilege to partner with DeadlyScience, to have the opportunity to listen and learn, to co-create and help young First Nations scientists unlock their potential,” says Josie .
The internship program is part of DeadlyScience’s larger goal of building long-term relationships, Corey says. “There is no way we want to send a single kit to a student and let the relationship end there. These children deserve continued support. “With Merck’s partnership, we could create a meaningful, long-term program that we believe will have a memorable impact.”
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DeadlyScience has delivered over 20,000 books and 500 telescopes to remote communities.
Now they will create and deliver experiences based on Indigenous science.
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