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Reward for Durack student with a ‘curious mind'

Reward for Durack student with a ‘curious mind'

Having a curious mind can take you many places.

One Durack pupil has found that out as she enjoys the experience of taking part in a winter camp for STEM students at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra this week.

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price congratulated Caitlin Dobson from Kununurra District High School for being one of 60 young women from all over Australia participating in the Federal Government’s 2019 Curious Minds winter camp.

“I congratulate Caitlin,” Ms Price said, “the Federal Government is supporting these girls to pursue their passion for STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and I’m proud Caitlin has chosen to go down this path; we need more people to explore this option as many future jobs lie ahead in this area.”

As part of the program for capable girls in Years 9 and 10, participants get specialist coaching, attend industry expert lectures, interactive sessions and field trips in the STEM field.

“Caitlin received six months coaching in STEM subjects by women already working in the field and the Curious Minds winter camp wraps up the program,” said Ms Price.

“I hope from this experience Caitlin is inspired to continue her studies in STEM.”

“Our government is providing $2.35 million to continue and expand the Curious Minds program, which means more opportunities for young women from Durack to explore their interest in STEM, and I encourage other young girls to get involved.”

More information on the program is available at https://www.asi.edu.au/programs/curious-minds/

Pic caption: Kununurra District High School student Caitlyn Dobson and fellow winter camp participant Natalya Smith test equilibrium for chemical reactions, as part of the Curious Minds program in Canberra this week.

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