Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Girl Power Camp 2018

From 20-24 March, 2018, I was fortunate to be selected to attend The STEM Girl Power Camp with 52 other girls from across Queensland. Throughout the four days, I participated in many different activities in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. These included workshops about technology, entrepreneurship, molecular biology as well as the science behind music and sounds which were held at a range of venues including, QUT, (GOMA) Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane and SPARQ-ed (Students Performing Advanced Research Queensland). I also had the privilege to attend six different World Science Festival events such as ‘Extreme Cities’, ‘For the Love of Maths’ and ‘Freud’s Divine’.

This experience was very inspiring and helped expand my knowledge of what STEM is about and how it applies to so many different careers. I particularly enjoyed working in the SPARQ-ed labs where we created glowing proteins from a type of algae. There were so many different tactile activities and inspiring seminars. However, Camp was not over yet.  We were presented badges and certificates as STEM Ambassadors by the State Education Minister, Grace Grace and now take up the position of encouraging others in primary and high school to take on research and work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths this year. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity as STEM is, and will be significant in many jobs of the future.  I highly advise interested Year 9’s to apply for next year’s camp as it is a grand and beneficial opportunity for anyone with a passion or interest in STEM.

Amber Gleeson-Watt
Year 10