A uniquely Australian book series is looking to excite a new generation about the wonder and possibilities of science, particularly those in remote and disadvantaged communities, as it incorporates time proven Indigenous knowledge with the latest scientific findings.
Produced by Australian Geographic, the series has been written and edited by proud Kamilaroi man and Port Macquarie local Corey Tutt, who was shocked to learn that many schools are severely under-resourced for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects to the point where some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids have been discouraged from pursuing these important topics.
"We're looking to rectify that through this book series, making sure that no-one misses out on understanding how this incredible place ticks," the 2020 NSW Young Australian of the Year.
"This is a series for all Australian students, to expand their knowledge and excite their curiosity about Australia specifically, and the world in general, and we particularly want to fix those resource gaps in our schools."
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia were the First Scientists of this land, and the established charity and education organisation DeadlyScience is committed to preserving that history.
DeadlyScience aims to provide STEM resources to remote schools across Australia.
So far DeadlyScience has shipped over 20,000 books, telescopes and resources to more than 110 communities across Australia. The new book series is a significant extension of the program.
It launches in August and will be rolled out into 2022.
Mr Tutt, who is editor of the series, said he knows from personal experience that books and resources change lives, and believes that all children deserve nothing but the best.
The 27-year-old, who finished school at Dapto High School, said he had a passion for science and knowledge at an early age.
"My sister and I often found comfort in capturing reptiles," Mr Tutt said.
"I was always asking 'why'. "
He taught himself to read with his first book, Reptiles in Colour, given to him by his grandfather.
Mr Tutt made a donation recently to Telegraph Point Public School for the purchase of new books following the devastating March floods which wiped out their classrooms.
The Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise also donated $10,000 to the Deadly Science program.
Mr Tutt said the Deadly Science program is a powerful tool for young indigenous kids.
"You can't be what you can't see," he said.
He is also in the process of publishing a book "The First Scientists", which features a history of Indigenous science across the last 65,000 years.
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