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ATSIMS Program


During the month of May, Indigenous students from years 8-10 participated in ATSIMS. A program started by researchers at JCU to promote a career in Marine Science to Indigenous students. The first trip was to the Museum of Tropical Queensland and Reef HQ, where students were able to see how science is presented to the public. The second trip students were allowed access to AIMS (Australian Institute of Marine Science) where they were given a tour of a brand new $35 Million Sea Simulator. The Sea Simulator allows scientists to complete experiments on marine organisms within very strict parameters. Students were also able to feed Artemia (Sea Monkeys) to Coral Polyps. The main event of the ATSIMS program was an overnight camp to the JCU research station on Orpheus Island. Here the students were able to experience Marine Science in the field, going snorkelling and walking in the intertidal region. The most impressive organisms that were spotted were giant clams with a diameter of over 1m, an octopus, and a juvenile Lionfish. The final day of the program was spent at JCU with careers education information and an address given by Mr Maxwell Lenoy (an Indigenous Lecturer from JCU). Three awards were given out by the ATSIMS organisers for the students who showed the most interest throughout the program. Congratulations to Del-Anne Sturgeon (3rd), Travis Asa-Stokes (2nd) and Jahmal Sarabo-Leste (1st) on receiving these awards.

Overall the students had a great time meeting Indigenous students from other schools and getting a taste of Marine Science. Thank you to all the teachers, parents, JCU staff, and Ollie and Gerald Henaway for allowing us to attend the ATSIMS program.