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    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Girl power shines at STEM camp in Brisbane

    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Friday, March 23, 2018

    Girl power shines at STEM camp in Brisbane

    More than fifty outstanding Year 10 state school students have completed a four-day camp designed to encourage female students to pursue their dreams of attaining STEM jobs of the future.

    Education Minister Grace Grace, speaking at the closing ceremony at the Queensland Art Gallery today said the event brought together, from all parts of the state, some of Queensland’s brightest young female science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.

    “I am proud that the Palaszczuk Government supports the STEM Girl Power Camp to encourage bright young women to embrace STEM education and consider a STEM-based career,” Minister Grace said.

    “I am sure this opportunity has further fuelled their passion for STEM education.

    “This annual camp, now in its third year, is an investment in Queensland’s future economy as it nurtures and encourages some of our brightest female students to keep following their dreams of a knowledge-based career.

    “We know the number of jobs in STEM fields is growing at more than twice the rate of other industries and occupations.

    “We also know we are experiencing a major shift towards a knowledge intensive economy, as are most economies the world over.”

    Ms Grace said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to supporting students to develop the knowledge and skills they need for the jobs of the future.

    “Clearly STEM is where the jobs are now and this is only going to increase,” she said.

    “The world is changing and we need to adapt and change with it to stay competitive.

    “When these young women come to these camps they learn from some of the state’s leading scientists and innovators and return to their schools as ambassadors for STEM education.”

    The Camp coincided with the World Science Festival which is also being staged in Brisbane for the third consecutive year.

    Camp activities took place at a number of locations in Brisbane including the World Science Festival at Southbank, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, laboratories and research institutions.

    The STEM Girl Power Camp is an initiative of Advancing education: An action plan for education in Queensland.

    A list of the STEM Girl Power Camp attendees is provided below.

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    Note to news editors: Photographs from STEM camp activities are available at this link.

    Attendees at the 2018 STEM Girl Power Camp Attendees included:

    • Aimee Brown, Monto State High School
    • Georgina Douglas, Mount Larcom State School
    • Larissa Espig, Clermont State High School
    • Teeha Hanrahan, Yeppoon State High School
    • Ella Herring, Mackay North State High School
    • Angela Jackson, Middlemount Community School
    • Channah Lederhose, Burnett State College
    • Nikita Nunn, North Rockhampton State High School
    • Piper Triggs, Blackwater State High School
    • Stephanie Bartlett, Murgon State High School
    • Lani Collins, Pittsworth State High School
    • Taylor Crosby, Laidley State High School
    • Tia Harm, Kingaroy State High School
    • Kathleen Humphreys, Toogoolawah State High School
    • Lexie Mitchell, Clifton State High School
    • Rachel Reukers, Highfields State Secondary College
    • Mackenzie Coombe, Cairns School of Distance Education
    • Selena Guglielmi, Innisfail State College
    • Sophie Hayles, Redlynch State College
    • Vanessa Heggie, Mareeba State High School
    • Jade Lindner, Trinity Bay State High School
    • Josie Millard, Western Cape College – Weipa
    • Jane Pregl, Woree State High School
    • Xaante Thomas, Atherton State High School
    • Carmen Gamboa, Redbank Plains State High School
    • Laura Harris, Centenary State High School
    • Hannah Kenway, The Gap State High School
    • Mackenzie Lukritz, Lowood State High School
    • Hannah Mills, Indooroopilly State High School
    • Minh Tran, Whites Hill State College
    • Sarah Eisenmenger, Chancellor State College
    • Lauren Hall, Noosa District State High School
    • Mika Joyce-Mangschou, Coolum State High School
    • Lilou Lauret, Sunshine Beach State High School
    • Simran Prasad, Aldridge State High School
    • Lauren Van De Vorst, Mountain Creek State High School
    • Jessica Vincent, Bray Park State High School
    • Naomi Boxsell, Pimlico State High School
    • Hannah Costello, Cloncurry State School P-12
    • Keziah Furnell, Townsville State High School
    • Isabel King, Charters Towers State High School
    • Charlotte Leech, Spinifex State College – Mount Isa
    • Sarah McDonnell, Ayr State High School
    • Ainslie Minogue, William Ross State High School
    • Darcy Singleton, Kirwan State High School
    • Willow Wells, Thuringowa State High School
    • Lili Beveridge-Miller, Loganlea State High School
    • Amber Gleeson-Watt, Queensland Academy for Health Sciences
    • Jaime Pryor, Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School
    • Gina Rambold-Dent, Mabel Park State High School
    • Erin Tully, Capalaba State College