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Two students from Vincentia and Moruya High Schools are joining some Australia’s brightest young technical minds for the Curious Minds Summer School this week.

Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis, has congratulated Vincentia High School year 8 student Lily Wheeler and Moruya High School year 9 student Monique Lush for earning the opportunity to follow their passion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“Monique and Lily are among 54 girls from across the country travelling to the University of New South Wales this week to explore all aspects of STEM subjects,” Mrs Sudmalis said.

“As a former science teacher I am inspired by this program that encourages young girls to explore and engage with the subjects that will be vital to Australia’s future economic success.

“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,” Mrs Sudmalis said.

The six-month program includes a second residential camp and five months of mentoring.

All students will be partnered with a female mentor who has STEM expertise to guide them during their time in the program and help them to establish personal goals.

“This once in a life time opportunity will allow Lily and Monique to learn in a fun and supportive environment, make like-minded friends and grow in confidence and ability while expanding their critical thinking and problem-solving skills,” Mrs Sudmalis said.

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. Media Release

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