QUT engineering Professor Michael Milford is using the prestigious Batterham Medal prize money he recently received to inspire the next generation of robotics researchers.
He plans to give away 5000 copies of his latest STEM Storybook for young children, Robot Revolution.
Professor Milford was recognised in June with the 2019 Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering honour for his work over the past five years at the cutting edge of the development of autonomous vehicles and robotics.
He has been teaching maths and robotics to teenage and university students for about 20 years and his passion for introducing young children to science and technology concepts motivated him to launch the STEM Storybook collection two years ago.
His startup Math Thrills combines mass market entertainment and STEM education and has created innovative textbooks, novels and storybooks for early childhood, primary and high school audiences.
Getting kids excited about STEM
The startup has also received funding through QUT bluebox, the AMP foundation and four Kickstarter campaigns.
"We know from many studies and personal teaching experience that much of a person's success in education is determined by what happens at an early age," he said.
"If we can get young kids excited about STEM concepts early, the interest can stay with them for the rest of their education and careers.
“We can also encourage a wider demographic to discover a love for STEM that can inspire them too.”
He has already given away 1500 copies of his book at the Ekka, QUT’s Robotronica Festival and through the Queensland Chief Scientist’s office.
To request copies of the Robot Revolution books visit: Store.MathThrills.com/pages/giveaway