Hinkler student to spend summer learning

Sunday, 11 December 2016

A student from Fraser Coast Anglican College will today join 53 of Australia’s most talented year 8-10 female students at the Curious Minds Summer School.

Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt congratulated Emily Jean Lewis on earning the opportunity to follow their passion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“Emily Jean will travel to the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, to explore all aspects of STEM subjects,” Mr Pitt said.

 The six-month program also includes a second residential camp and five-months of mentoring. All students will be partnered with a female mentor who has STEM expertise to guide them during their time in the program and assist them to establish personal goals.

“This once in a life time opportunity will allow Emily Jean to learn in a fun and supportive environment, make like-minded friends and grow in confidence and ability while expanding her critical thinking and problem-solving skills,” Mr Pitt said.

“The skills that Emily Jean will develop on this camp can develop a lifelong engagement with STEM and can lead them into tertiary studies and even a career in the field.”    

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews said five students who participated in the 2015-2016 Curious Minds program had been accepted into the Australian Olympiad Science Summer Schools.

“This is a great outcome and reinforces our commitment to help promote female students’ interest in STEM subjects and ultimately pursuing STEM careers,” Minister Andrews said.

Curious Minds is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Education and Training and the program is managed by the Australian Mathematics Trust  and Australian Science Innovations.

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