Two ‘highly capable’ students from the southern Gold Coast have been chosen to take part in a six-month program to expand their knowledge and interest in STEM.
Varsity College high school students Cynthia Lin and Nina Hsiao (pictured) have been selected due to their aptitude for STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and maths.
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology and Member for McPherson Karen Andrews MP said she was thrilled to learn the local girls would take part in the Federal Government’s Curious Minds program.
“I am a huge advocate for encouraging our young people – particularly girls – to pursue their interest in STEM,” Minister Andrews said.
“STEM skills are increasingly important across all industries and can open up enormous job opportunities for young women and our Government is committed to ensuring they excel in these areas.
“I want to congratulate Cynthia and Nina from Varsity College and hope they learn new skills and gain the confidence to pursue a career in STEM after school.
“I wish all the students involved in the exciting program all the very best and wish them well for their future endeavours.”
Varsity College coordinator for the ASPIRE Mathematics and Science program Rachel Glover said the Curious Minds program brings together more than 120 Year 9 and 10 girls from all over Australia to pursue their interest in STEM at its virtual Summer Camps.
“Nina and Cynthia were selected based on the amazing results they achieved in the Australian Mathematics Competition this year, and they have also been part of the Varsity College STEM Entrepreneurs program,” Ms Glover explained.
“We are delighted they have been selected to participate in the Curious Minds program and are extremely proud of their tremendous achievements.”
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the intensive four-day program will be run online. It is then followed-up with six months of coaching sessions with inspiring female mentors working in the STEM community.
The Australian Government has provided $2.35 million to expand the camp to include Curious Minds West Coast and Curious Minds East Coast programs.
More information on the program is available at www.asi.edu.au/programs/curious-minds/