Gold Coast school teacher honoured with major award

A Gold Coast school teacher has been recognised in the Prime Ministers Prizes for Science in Canberra last night.

Megan Hayes from Mudgeeraba Creek State School was recognised for her passion and commitment to teaching science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

She says it was very special to receive a Highly Commended Certificate from Prime Minister Scott Morrison.


“My focus is always about creating opportunities for learning that are real world based and allow students to make connections to their own experiences and knowledge base.

“My lesson mantra is ‘FAIL=First Attempt In Learning’, and my students love making mistakes and having a go in STEM lessons,” Ms Hayes said.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews was at the ceremony in Canberra as well, and has congratulated Ms Hayes.

“As a proud Gold Coaster, I’m a big fan of the work Megan is doing to develop our leaders of the future and I’m thrilled to see her acknowledged as an incredible advocate for STEM.

“Projections show us that 75 per cent of the jobs of the future will require STEM skills.

“Ensuring our children not only have an opportunity to learn these subjects, but actually get excited about them, is critical.

“The Morrison Government has made significant investments in initiatives to engage Australians with STEM and to ensure that females have equal opportunity to pursue STEM studies and careers.

“We have appointed a Women in STEM Ambassador, developed the Girls in STEM Toolkit and are raising awareness of the diverse opportunities STEM study and careers can provide,” Minister Andrews said.

Gold Coast school teacher Megan Hayes and Minister Karen Andrews. PHOTO | Supplied