More than 50 girls from across the
country will today indulge their passion for science, technology, engineering
and mathematics (STEM) 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
“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.