Students Recognised With ADF Future Innovators Award

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Minister for Defence Personnel, Darren Chester has announced more than 2,700 young Australians in years 10 and 12 have shown they are on track to tackle the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) challenges of the future, being presented inaugural Australian Defence Force (ADF) Future Innovator Awards.

The Australian Defence Force is encouraging the next generation of innovators, critical thinkers and problem solvers – bright Australian students who are succeeding in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

More than 1,660 schools from across Australia took part in the inaugural awards, which represents an approximate $1.4 million investment in Australia’s future STEM capability.

Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the awards were an investment in young Australians who demonstrated motivation, innovation and achievement in a STEM related field.

“The ADF’s requirement for innovators, critical thinkers and problem solvers continues to grow and this is one of the ways we are promoting the exciting opportunities available through a career with Defence. The award recipients represent the next generation of STEM capable students and will have their awards presented to them by current ADF members,” Minister Chester said. 

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Mahalakshme Thiagarajan, a year 10 student at Strathcona Girls Grammar in Victoria said technology had the ability to make life better and our day-to-day life easier.

“After year 12 I would like to study something that can further develop my analytical thinking and problem solving skills,” said Mahalakshme.

Anthony Dellis from John Therry Catholic College in Sydney said STEM subjects have helped him develop core principles for all of his subjects.

“This knowledge allows me to go above and beyond when creating new projects such as my Science Extension Project,” said Anthony.

The ADF Future Innovators Award is a cash prize for high school students. Year 10 recipients receive $250 and Year 12 recipients receive $550. 

As a winner of the ADF Future Innovators Award, year 10 students will be rewarded with a $250 cash prize and a certificate of achievement, and year 12 students with a $550 cash prize and a certificate of achievement.

Being recognised as an ADF Future Innovator shows you have what it takes to make a big difference. Discuss your interest in the award with your school.

The Australian Defence Force builds, maintains and sustains some of the world’s most advanced systems and technology. For someone who is passionate about pursuing a rewarding and challenging career in STEM, roles in the Navy, Army and Air Force offer opportunities to learn about and work with state-of-the-art technology. 

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