Some of Blacktown City’s brightest young minds have been recognised for their achievements in science with special awards thanks to a partnership between the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and Blacktown City Council.
Mayor, Tony Bleasdale OAM and Dr Charles Cox, Head of the Institute’s Mechanobiology Lab, presented Victor Chang School Science Awards to 35 students at a ceremony last week.
The students were celebrated for their achievements and dedication to their studies across the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.
The award was developed by the Institute to encourage young people to foster an interest in science and pursue further studies or a career in the field.
“I am extremely proud of the bright minds from the schools in Blacktown City who are working hard in their studies and are passionate about science,” said Mayor Bleasdale.
“They are preparing to shape the future. It is heart-warming to see so many young people with an interest in science and improving lives, just like Dr Victor Chang, who was one of the world’s leading heart surgeons.
“Blacktown City Council has a proud history as a supporter of these awards and it is our vision that many of the students who received an award will work in a science-related field in Blacktown City in the future. Congratulations to all students.”
Dr Charles Cox said the possibilities were endless for all the award winners.
“As a scientist myself, I know how rewarding a career in STEM can be. Australia has always punched above its weight in the fields of science, technology and mathematics and it’s so exciting to see we have so many passionate students who will ensure that this proud history will continue and flourish.”
The Victor Chang School Science Awards were established to celebrate young, gifted students excelling in science, honouring Dr Victor Chang’s legacy in fostering education.