Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP said the Morrison Government was supporting two young girls from Barker to pursue their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


Mr Pasin said the students were invited to participate in the Curious Minds program that brings together more than 120 young women from all over Australia to pursue their interest in STEM at its virtual Summer Camps this month.


“The Curious Minds program provides an opportunity for Year 9 and 10 girls to explore their interests and build confidence in STEM subjects,” Mr Pasin said.


“I want to congratulate Tess Pankhurst and Sophie Braunack from Loxton High School and Faith Lutheran College and hope they learn new skills and gain the confidence to pursue a career in STEM after school.


“Because of COVID-19, these high-potential young women will take part in a virtual four-day intensive program, including online challenges, followed by six months of coaching sessions with inspiring female mentors working in the STEM community.


“I encourage other young girls in Barker with similar dreams to get involved and also pursue their passion for STEM.


“STEM skills are vital to future jobs and Australia’s future economy, and our Government is committed to empowering young women to excel in these areas.”


The Australian Government has provided $2.35 million to expand the camp to include Curious Minds West Coast and Curious Minds East Coast programs.


Tess and Sophie are participating in the virtual west camp from 6-9 December while those in the east will have their virtual camp from 13-16 December.


More information on the program is available at


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