Two Northern Territory girls are among 54 of Australia’s most talented Year 8 and 10 students who are spending this week at the Curious Minds Summer School in Sydney.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, congratulated Amani Hafeel from Darwin Middle School and Emily Hubble from Taminmin College on securing the opportunity to follow their passion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
“Amani and Emily have travelled to the University of New South Wales in Sydney to explore all aspects of STEM subjects at the summer school,” Senator Scullion said.
The Curious Minds Summer School is part of a six-month programme that includes five months of mentoring for the participating students. The students will be partnered with a female mentor who has STEM expertise to guide them and assist them to establish personal goals.
“The programme will allow Amani and Emily 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,” Senator Scullion said.
“The skills that Amani and Emily will develop can lead to a lifelong engagement with STEM and lead them into tertiary studies and even a career in the field.”
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said five students who participated in the 2015-2016 Curious Minds programme had been accepted into the Australian Olympiad Science Summer Schools.
“This is a great outcome and reinforces our commitment to help promote female students’ interest in STEM subjects and ultimately pursuing STEM careers,” Minister Andrews said.