Selected as the 2018 NSW Young Australian of the Year, Macinley Butson is an 18 year old inventor from the coastal city of Wollongong, NSW. Her science endeavours have seen her recognised with awards, while she continues to work with people speaking at events and inspiring all age groups. She still avidly pursues her projects, aiming to help society and improve outcomes in life for everyone in need.

As a child Macinley was very curious and creative. As she grew, so too did her passion for science and engineering. She began to undergo many science experiments which were the start of her inventing future. One of these saw the creation of the SMART Armour, a device for Radiotherapy Breast Cancer patients. It shields the breast which is not being treated from excess radiation which is received during external Radiotherapy.

She fosters this same curiosity in other students, motivating them as a role model and encouraging them to ask the big questions and explore these issues deeper. She is very passionate and believes there is no better investment than in people, so she is constantly sewing into other peoples lives who share an interested in STEM.

a message from macinley

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – in my opinion create the fundamentals of life. It is a rapidly increasing field and now more than ever is the best time to be involved. We are living in the information age, a time where we have grown up with the world at our fingertips and now, the only constant thing is change. Soon people will be looking toward us, the innovators and pioneers, to provide answers to major global issues. Whether this be global warming or curing diseases, we are going to become dependent on STEM for the advancement and betterment of our society.

I am very excited to be involved in the future of STEM, I love its ever-changing and interdisciplinary nature. Nowadays you can have biochemistry, environmental physics and chemical engineering. These overlaps don’t make life more confusing but rather give us the ability to further explore different strands, in order to better understand the world that surrounds us.

So I encourage all, no matter their age, to become pioneers in their own field. Break new ground, create a new path in which others can follow to help humanity.

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