The Federal Government is supporting three female secondary school students from the Nicholls electorate to pursue their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian, Drum, said the students have been invited to participate in the Curious Minds program that brings together more than 120 young women from across Australia to pursue their interest in STEM at its virtual summer camps this month.

“The Curious Minds program provides an opportunity for Year 9 and 10 girls to explore their interests and build confidence in STEM subjects,” Mr Drum said.

“I want to congratulate Uyoh Anthony of Goulburn Valley Grammar School, Jemma Adkins of Yarrawonga College, and Cadence Pang of Cobram Anglican Grammar School, and hope they learn new skills and gain the confidence to pursue a career in STEM after school.

“Because of COVID-19, these high-potential young women will take part in a virtual four-day intensive program, including online challenges, followed by six months of coaching sessions with inspiring female mentors working in the STEM community.

“I encourage other young girls in Nicholls with similar dreams to get involved and pursue their passion for STEM.

“STEM skills are vital to future jobs and Australia’s future economy, and the Federal Government is committed to empowering young women to excel in these areas.”

The Federal Government has provided $2.35 million to expand the camp to include Curious Minds West Coast and Curious Minds East Coast programs.

The virtual west camp will be held from December 6-9 and the east camp from December 13-16.

More information on the Curious Minds program is available here.


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