The inspiring story of how DeadlyScience came to be. The challenges and celebrations of the journey so far.
Warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders:
This presentation may contain images and voices
of people who have died.
DeadlyScience pays respect to the Traditional Custodians of the land, to all Elders past
and present, and to First Nations people everywhere.
First Nations people have used science for over 65,000 years. Our culture is the oldest
in the world. The ﬁrst scientists passed on the lessons of the land, sea and sky, to the
future scientists of today through stories, song and dance. We call this caring for
If you care for Country, the Country will care for you.
A bit of info about me.
I am a Kamilaroi man. My family comes from
Walgett in Northern New South Wales Australia.
I am 29 years old and worked at the University of
Sydney for ﬁve years. I have extensively worked
in the animal industry since 2008. I am the CEO
of DeadlyScience and the co-author of the
children's book, ‘The First Scientists’.
My passion for people and animals has been a
constant throughout my career starting out as a
zookeeper and then graduating onto alpaca
shearing. I have seen a lot of this country. I play
rugby union in my spare time and in my down
time I like to go bush walking and work on my
During the last two years I have taught 50 children
how to read by zoom. I have taught over 100 schools
and their DeadlyScientists how to love all things STEM!
2020 Young Australian of the Year for
2020 CSIRO Indigenous STEM
champion (ﬁrst person under 30)
2021 The Australian Museum Eureka
Prize Winner for STEM Inclusion
2022 Branded on the McLaren Formula
1 racing car during the Australian GP
2022 7News Transgrid Young
Indigenous Achiever Award
2022 Children’s Book Council of
Australia Award: The First Scientists
2022 Order of Australia Medal: For
service to Indigenous STEM education
After ﬁnding a school
in the Northern
Territory that was
sending a box full of
books, we now send
to schools all over
INSPIRE CONNECT INNOVATE DISCOVER
primary school and high
school students with
experiments that can help
enable the initial spark to
develop interests in STEM.
• During the bushﬁres in 2020
DeadlyScience replaced the books of
children who lost their homes.
• During the 2021 ﬂoods on the Mid
North Coast DeadlyScience was there
cleaning out houses in Port Macquarie.
• We replaced the books of Telegraph
Point school, completely destroyed by
• We connected Redfern Youth Connect
with internet so teenagers could have
a safe space to do their homework.
• We helped some community schools
reach an increase in attendance by
40% due to our programs.
• During the 2021 covid pandemic DeadlyScience provided
1500 food hampers with Addi road to families in Western
NSW and we also gave every child in Walgett, Dareton,
Gilgranda, Goodooga and Redfern/Waterloo books
because our kids didn’t have access to the internet
during the lockdowns.
• Replacing many books lost by Condong school and
Tablum community during the March ﬂoods.
• Replacing all the STEM resources lost at Cabbage Tree
Island community due the March ﬂoods.
• 10,000 Lego kits sent to Indigenous students across the
• Increased number of DeadlyLearner sessions with
• Developing the ﬁrst culturally appropriate chemistry kits
• Delivering $5000 grants to remote schools for STEM
In 2020 we started our own DeadlyScience
portal for students to teach other students
about their DeadlyScience facts. It is still in
We do zoom sessions where students in
community can ask anything they like to
STEM professionals. Allowing for freedom
and creativity, bringing students out of their
DEADLY JUNIOR SCIENTIST
DeadlyScience supports individual students
doing great at school by awarding those
attending school and doing well.
has been assisting
young Aboriginal and
Torres Strait islander
peoples that have
fallen out of the
education system fall
back in love with
learning and all things
recently has provided
clean and sustainable
drink bottles to
DeadlyScience recently has provided
greenhouses to some communities to
help them learn to grow bush tucker.
Passion and Purpose are everything
DeadlyScience has provided telescopes to remote Communities across Australia.
DeadlyScience has also been helping kids with a disability ﬁnd the stars also.
and Torres Strait
Islander students in
that previously would
have been out of
has been sending out
emotions cards to
Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander kids with
has given communities a
new found excitement and
energy for STEM.
The Healthy hearts Deadlier
minds project aims to teach kids
how to grow food suitability and
sustainably with the idea to help
remote communities overcome
crippling food prices.
We also have been supporting
our Junior Ranger program
where recently set up a DNA
Exchange with the Australian
has recently teamed
up with Heart
Research and Captain
Startlight to help
spread the love of
education, STEM and
wellbeing to our
LEGO - Engineering
We have distributed LEGO to over 400 schools across
What is next….
DeadlyScience Club (engagement & education)
- Deadly Junior Scientists
- DeadlyHearts & DeadlierMinds: Greenhouses
- DeadlyGrants: Build It So You Can See It
DeadlyScience Pathways (enrolment & employment)
- Science strand with WEHI
- Technology strand
- Engineering strand
- Maths strand
•Donate to DeadlyScience
•Volunteer your time through corporate volunteering
•Build partnerships that will employ DeadlyScientists
•Start a resource fundraiser or book drive
•Sponsor the Deadly Junior Scientist awards
•Sponsor STEM in School events for remote schools
•Become an ambassador and share our story and journey on social media
•Buy our books and merchandise for yourselves and others