Kiri’s off to elite camp for STEM
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