PROUD Kamilaroi man and Port Macquarie local Corey Tutt worked two jobs to fund DeadlyScience.
Now, Mr Tutt and the team at DeadlyScience have been recognised for their hard work by being awarded the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Eureka Prize for STEM Inclusion 2021.
DeadlyScience aims to provide science books and early reading material to remote schools across Australia and was created after Mr Tutt noticed that some schools were under-resourced and that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were discouraged from pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) because of this.
Mr Tutt said winning the award is a proud moment for all of the work the team has done.
"The Eureka Prizes are like the Oscars for science. It's a huge honour," he said.
"It's exciting. I'm very proud."
The awards were held virtually this year on October 7 due to COVID restrictions.
"I watched the awards from home on Birpai land with my fiance and my dog, it was pretty special," Mr Tutt said.
"Growing up in regional NSW, this is a big deal for me. I want the young kids who look up to me to realise they can achieve their goals."
The DeadlyScience team have provided thousands of culturally appropriate science resources to schools in remote communities and connected nearly 10,000 young Indigenous people with mentors.
During lockdown, DeadlyScience also worked to connect students with these mentors through a series of Zoom meetings called the Deadliest Yarn.
Mr Tutt has used his platform to inspire young people to find their passion and follow it.
"The best thing about what I do is helping kids find something they're passionate about and watching them realise that they can get there," he said.
"I feel that I have a responsibility to make STEM resources accessible for all students, especially those in remote areas.
"I want kids to know that they can follow their dreams and be who they want to be."
You can view the full list of 2021 Australian Museum Eureka Prize winners here.
To find out more about DeadlyScience and the work they do, visit the website.
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