Monday, 7 December 2020

Curious minds from Hinkler take part in virtual camp

Three high school students from Hinkler are this week taking part in a virtual camp to pursue their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the students were invited to participate in the Curious Minds program that brings together more than 120 young women from all over Australia to pursue their interest in STEM at its virtual Summer Camps this month.

“The Curious Minds program provides an opportunity for Year 9 and 10 girls to explore their interests and build confidence in STEM subjects,” Mr Pitt said.

“I want to congratulate Chloe Duguid from Isis District State High School, and Lily-May MacKinnon and Ashleigh Relf from Xavier Catholic College, and hope they learn new skills and gain the confidence to pursue a career in STEM after school.

“Because of COVID-19, these capable young women will take part in a virtual four-day intensive program, including online challenges, followed by six months of coaching sessions with inspiring female mentors working in the STEM community.

“I encourage other young girls in Hinkler with similar dreams to get involved and also pursue their passion for STEM.

“STEM skills are vital to future jobs and Australia’s future economy, and our Government is committed to empowering young women to excel in these areas.”

The Australian Government has provided $2.35 million to expand the camp to include Curious Minds West Coast and Curious Minds East Coast programs. The virtual west camp runs until December 9.

More information on the program is available at https://www.asi.edu.au/programs/curious-minds/.

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