On Friday 21st June curious minds of all ages gathered to recognise Peel’s best and brightest at the second annual Peel ESTEAM Awards Ceremony. The ceremony was held at John Tonkin College in Mandurah and attended by 120 community members and special guests. It featured music and inspiring speeches from Mayor Rhys Williams (City of Mandurah) and keynote speaker Professor Lyn Beazley.

The Peel ESTEAM Awards celebrate the best of achievements in the Peel region in Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (ESTEAM) – all areas that are critical to make sure we thrive in the future world and workforce. Finalists included young entrepreneurs, excellent educators, citizen scientists and science communicators.

There were five awards categories that recognise achievements in ESTEAM education, science communication, citizen science, as well as an overall ‘Young ESTEAM champion’ and ‘ESTEAM Champion’ to award educators, mentors, volunteers, artists and entrepreneurs who inspire curiosity and lifelong learning in others.

Visit the Peel Bright Minds Facebook page to watch a video of the awards ceremony, see photos of the ceremony event and read the profiles of each of the finalists that were posted in the lead up to the awards.

The winners and finalists are as follows:

ESTEAM educator of the Year
Winner: Heather Brocklehurst
Highly Commended: Barbara Sing

Finalists:
– Cindy Wright
– Kelly Reed

The Mandurah Libraries and Museum Team Science Communicator of the Year

Winner: Suzanne Jones
Highly Commended: Sarah Curran Ragan
Finalists: EarthWhile Australia

Citizen Scientist of the Year
Winner: Kate Born
Highly Commended: Alanna Gardner Bell
Finalists: Merri Harris

Young ESTEAM Champion of the Year
Winner: Lilijana Nicholls
Highly Commended: Samreid Manez

Finalists:
– Amelia Anderson
– Seth Frost
– Wilder Rowe

ESTEAM Champion of the Year
Winner: EarthWhile Australia

Finalists:
– Heather Brocklehurst
– Michelle Wong
– Trick Cole

People’s Choice Awards
Social Media Winner: Wilder Rowe
Awards Ceremony Winner: EarthWhile Australia

For more information about Peel Bright Minds, visit the Peel Bright Minds website at www.peelbrightminds.com.au/, or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PeelBrightMinds/, or contact Charlie Jones (Program Coordinator, Peel Bright Minds), info@peelbrightminds.com.au, 0475 855 649

In the photo: Winners of the ESTEAM Champion of the Year Award and People’s Choice Award, EarthWhile Australia. Photo by Lewis Williamson.