Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP said the Coalition Government was supporting four young girls from Barker to pursue their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


Three students from Loxton High School Tahlia Arnold, Hayley Inglis, Jorgia Maczkowiack and Maddison McMahon from Kapunda High School are taking part in the program.


Mr Pasin the students were participating in the Curious Minds program that is bringing together more than 60 young women online to pursue their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics during the six-month program that combines two camps and a coaching program.


“The Curious Minds program provides an opportunity for high-potential Year 9 and 10 students from across Australia to explore their interests and build confidence in STEM subjects,” Mr Pasin said.


“Because of COVID-19, the program will be held entirely online, and students from Barker will complete experiments safely at home, take part in online social challenges and games, as well as coaching sessions with inspiring female mentors who share their passion for STEM.


Mr Pasin met with two of the successful students in Loxton last week and said he hoped they will learn new skills and be inspired to consider a career in STEM after school and find inspiration from leading thinkers within the STEM community.


“I want to congratulate the four girls from our community who are pursuing their passion for STEM and encourage other young girls in Barker with similar dreams to get involved.


“Employers are signalling an increasing demand for STEM skills, which is why our Government is encouraging young people’s interest in these fields of study.”


The Australian Government is providing $2.35 million to continue to operate and expand the Curious Minds program over four years from 2020-21.


More information on the program is available at


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