What is Curious Minds?
Curious Minds is a hands-on extension and mentoring program to ignite girls’ passion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It’s a six-month program that combines two residential camps and a STEM coaching (mentoring) program.
Curious Minds is aimed at highly capable girls in Years 9 and 10 who have an interest in STEM learning areas. Participants 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.
In a fun and supportive environment, the participants will grow in confidence and ability, whilst expanding their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and their scientific networks.
What is involved?
The 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 2020/21, 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 STEM coach every three weeks between camps.
Curious Minds West (SA, WA, NT, QLD): Sunday 5 December – Wednesday 8 December 2021
Curious Minds East (ACT, NSW, VIC, TAS): Sunday 12 December – Wednesday 15 December 2021
Curious Minds West (SA, WA, NT, QLD): Sunday 3 July – Tuesday 5 July 2022
Curious Minds East (ACT, NSW, VIC, TAS): 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.
If this sounds like a program for you, please contact Kate Osborn on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 6201 5236.