Kiri’s off to elite camp for STEM

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS @SCHOOL -

IN the last few years there has been an in­creased fo­cus on STEM (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics) in schools.

The pur­pose of STEM is to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to de­velop knowl­edge and skills to pre­pare them for the fu­ture work­force.

STEM re­lated jobs are some of the fastest grow­ing em­ploy­ment ar­eas, with a pre­dicted 75 per cent of all fu­ture jobs go­ing to re­quire STEM lit­er­acy and skills.

In 2016 the Queens­land gov­ern­ment of­fered Year 10 girls from around the state, a chance to at­tend a STEM camp.

This year one of Moss­man State High School’s stu­dents, Kiri Haack-Tracey, was ac­cepted to at­tend the 2017 STEM camp. She re­cently com­pleted an in­ter­view with Sophie O’Gor­man Pe­track, the Busi­ness Man­ager and Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer for the Stu­dent Coun­cil.

First of all, con­grat­u­la­tions on get­ting se­lected to at­tend the STEM Girl Power Camp. What is the STEM Girl Power Camp?

It stands for Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Maths Camp. It en­cour­ages fe­males to pur­sue ca­reers in those fields. The camp is usu­ally held in Bris­bane from the 21st of March un­til the 25th.

Now tell us Kiri, what first in­spired you to ap­ply for this camp?

Ev­ery­one has been telling me that it will be a good ex­pe­ri­ence. I’m re­ally into sci­ence and my favourite is bi­ol­ogy. What are you most look­ing for­ward to about the camp?

I’m most look­ing for­ward to the ex­pe­ri­ence of it all, be­ing a part of the fun ac­tiv­i­ties and meet­ing all of the pro­fes­sors.

Do you hope to do this in the fu­ture as a ca­reer?

As a ca­reer, maybe. I’m just re­ally look­ing for­ward to the ex­pe­ri­ence and then I will take it from there.

Thanks for your time and I hope you have a great time on the camp.

It’s an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity for Kiri to at­tend the camp. Last year only twenty-two high achiev­ing Year 10 girls par­tic­i­pated in the camp, which puts Kiri in an elite group.

We look for­ward to hear­ing about Kiri’s ex­pe­ri­ences and con­grat­u­late her on a won­der­ful achieve­ment.

Kiri Haack-Tracey of Moss­man High has won a place in the STEM Girl Power camp

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