Supporting our female STEM leaders of tomorrow


More than 50 girls from across the country indulged their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) yesterday at the Curious Minds Summer School hosted by the University of New South Wales.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said the second Curious Minds Summer School would give 54 Year 8 and 10 girls access to industry expert guest lecturers as well as interactive sessions and field trips.

“As someone with a personal background and interest in STEM as an Engineer, I am especially excited by this program that encourages young girls to explore and engage with the subjects that will be vital to Australia’s future economic success,” Minister Andrews said.

“Throughout the six-month course the girls will have an opportunity to examine all aspects of the STEM subjects in a fun and supportive environment that will boost their confidence and skills in these fields.

“It will also help them make like-minded friends and connections that will set them up for life,” Minister Andrews said.

Minister for Women Michaelia Cash said each student will be matched with a female mentor who has STEM expertise to establish their personal goals.

“Mentors will discuss study options and career pathways and will support their student for five months after the ‘Curious Minds’ camp ends,” Minister Cash said.

“Their exposure to outstanding role models will deepen their understanding of the job opportunities in STEM fields and they’ll be backed by the excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills Curious Minds will help develop.”

Minister Andrews said five students who participated in the 2015-2016 Curious Minds program had been accepted into the Australian Olympiad Science Summer Schools.

“It’s a testament to the Turnbull Government’s commitment to the promotion of STEM programs to young Australians, and particularly young women,” Minister Andrews said.

“I am passionate about seeing more girls pursuing highly rewarding careers in STEM related fields and Curious Minds program will contribute to that.”

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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