A hands-on extension and mentoring program to ignite girls’ passion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In a fun and supportive environment, the girls will grow in confidence and ability whilst expanding their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and their scientific networks.

Curious Minds is aimed at highly capable girls in Years 9 and 10 who have an interest in STEM learning areas.

It’s a six-month program that combines two residential camps and a mentoring program, for year 9 and 10 girls who are interested in STEM.

They will make new friends, be exposed to outstanding role models, practise new skills, and deepen their understanding of what their future may hold in the fields of science, engineering, technology and maths.

Express your interest in the 2021-2021 Curious Minds program

Expressions of interest in the 2021-2022 Curious Minds program are now open!

If you’d like to apply for placement in the Curious Minds program please complete this expression of interest form. Places are limited and we’ll be in touch if your application is successful.  

For more information contact Kate Osborn on or phone 02 6201 5263.

What is involved?

Two residential camps enable the girls to explore all aspects of science, technology, engineering and maths through guest lectures, interactive sessions, practicals and field trips. In 2021/22, both camps will be delivered virtually.

The coaching program sees each student matched with a female coach recruited from a variety of STEM backgrounds. Together they construct personal goals for the student. This might include discussing study options and career pathways, undertaking further extension work with support from their mentor, developing ideas based on learnings from the camp or working on a project.

When is it held?

Students are required to commit to both residential camps, and to having a phone or video call with their coach every three weeks between camps.

Summer camp dates

Sunday 5 December – Wednesday 8 December 2021
Sunday 12 December – Wednesday 15 December 2021

Winter camp dates

Sunday 3 July – Tuesday 5 July 2022
Thursday 7 July – Saturday 9 July 2022

Where is it held?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Curious Minds will be delivered virtually in 2021/2022. 

How to participate in the Curious Minds program

Curious Minds is an invitational program. Students are invited based on their performance in the Australian Mathematics Competition, Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition and the Big Science Competition.

The program will be particularly targeted towards girls in underrepresented STEM subjects in years 9 and 10 who are disadvantaged, rural/remote and/or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.


Participants are asked for a financial contribution of $200 to help meet costs incurred for delivering the program. A fee waiver is available for all applicants unable to make this contribution as part of the application process.

For STEM Coaches (Mentors)

The STEM coaching program will see each student matched with a female STEM coach based on STEM area of interest and, where possible, geographical location. STEM coaches will spend six months in regular contact with one or two students and work through an array of career, study and skill-building topics. Interested in becoming a STEM coach for the Curious Minds Program? Find out more here.

Who is behind Curious Minds?

Curious Minds is jointly administered by the Australian Mathematics Trust and Australian Science Innovations.

The Curious Minds initiative is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

Curious Minds is supported by the Australian National University.

For more information contact Kate Osborn on or phone 02 6201 5263.

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