Girls in STEM program awarded scholarships, selected in an exchange program to Europe
Zali Roberts, currently a year 10 student at the Cleve Area School will soon be leaving for a 5-month exchange to Sweden. In August, Zali is taking up a Southern Cross Cultural Exchange after an extensive application process. She will be placed with a host family, attend the local high school and immerse herself in all things Swedish (including learning a bit of the language).
Zali was invited to be part of the Curious Minds program following her success in the Australian Mathematics Competition. For her, Curious Minds was the small step that opened her mind to bigger opportunities like this exchange.
Other students have also been reporting success in academic scholarship applications, such as Year 10 Canberra student Khadeja Khan. Khadeja also used Curious Minds as an opportunity to undertake a week of work experience in the IT section of IP Australia to see some of the useful real life applications of computer science and engineering. She has also taken three computer science workshops (two through Canberra Girls Programming Network and one at the ANU for the Girls in ICT day).
The Curious Minds program targets highly capable girls in Years 8, 9 and 10 who have an interest in STEM learning areas and pairs them with a female mentor recruited from a variety of STEM backgrounds. Together, they construct personal goals for the student, and work together over six months. Zali was paired with Melbourne-based hydro-geologist Dr Megan Sebben, and Khadeja with Canberra-based science communicator, Kate O’Sullivan.
The current program, which has been running for six months, will conclude in July when the girls will hold a presentation at the Australian National University to demonstrate what they have learned during the experience. For more details about the program head to the Curious Minds page.
Curious Minds is jointly delivered by the Australian Mathematics Trust and Australian Science Innovations.