Australia’s most promising school students with a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics will take part in the annual Curious Minds Winter Camp this week.
More than 60 of Australia’s most promising female Year 9 and 10 students will take part in the Curious Minds camp, which is the culmination of a six-month program to engage young Australian women with a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Because of COVID-19, the camp will be held entirely online, with students taking part in challenges, games, presentations from mentors and virtual tours.
Minister for Education Dan Tehan said Australia had to support more young women to explore their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
"These future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians weren’t going to let COVID-19 stand in the way of their passion," Mr Tehan said.
"We should encourage all students to develop strong English and maths skills and if they have a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics we should encourage them to explore those areas.
"Our Government is committed to encouraging young people’s interest in STEM.
"We are providing $2.35 million to expand the Curious Minds program over four years to support more high-potential young women to pursue a career in STEM."
Regional Education Minister Andrew Gee said the virtual ‘camp’ will provide great exposure for students, especially those from country Australia, who previously had limited opportunities to develop their interest in STEM.
"These country students will get to experience a STEM workplace through virtual excursions and be inspired by mentors who share the same passions and interests," Mr Gee said.
"It is vital that we equip our country kids with the skills, knowledge and experiences they need to succeed, to ensure they have the same experiences and opportunities as their city cousins.
"The skills developed by students through STEM programs like the Curious Minds Winter Camp will lay the foundations for future success."
For more details, visit www.asi.edu.au/programs/curious-minds/.