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STEM - Maddison Campbell

STEM—Maddison Campbell
In week 9 of last term, I had the privilege of being chosen to embark on the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) girl’s power camp. The STEM Girl Power Camp was held in Brisbane from 21–25 March 2017. The camp aimed to provide students with experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage aspiring female students to participate in STEM at school and consider it as a future career option. Teachers and students from the Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology joined us on our adventures and provided us with wisdom and support during the activities. Also, teachers from specific schooling regions were hand-picked as regional camp leaders and travelled with us to and from camp. These regional teachers at camp supervised the students from particular regions across Queensland. This camp, specifically targeted Year 10 girls from around Queensland as the camp coincided with the World Science Festival (WSF) and included the attendance at public WSF events along with visits to QASMT (Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology) and research facilities as well as meeting STEM role models and undertake STEM activities. The QASMT campus facilitated the camp for girls in Year 10 from across Queensland who show high achievement in STEM-related subjects at school and an active interest in their school community.
On the first day in Brisbane, we travelled to QASMT campus where we underwent various STEM related activities arranged by the QASMT students.
On Wednesday 22 March, we attended the SPARQ-ed workshop at the Translational Research Institute to undertake a risk assessment of working at the facility and a range of cell and molecular biology activities including a DNA gel electrophoresis laboratory experiment from 9:30am until 5:00pm, before returning to Southbank for dinner. ON Thursday we attended the Gallery of Modern Art located in Brisbane from 9.15 am to 1.30 pm, in which we were taught about how STEM affected various other careers including art. From 2:00 until 3:00 we participated in WSF event with Female Pioneer in Science Dr. France Córdova whom spoke with us about her experiences and hardships as a women in mining and engineering path. As well as this she shared her triumphs against stereotypes and how the upcoming generation is slowly becoming more accepting to females in male-orientated careers. Later that day we attended the Queensland Museum and had the opportunity to watch the turtle hatching exhibit. On Friday we were split into three groups to attend workshops hosted by QUT and later were involved in a STEM Plenary where we received a certificate presentation and the hosts reiterated their expectations around a greater role of the camp; re-enabling a leadership legacy strategy back in the regions to educate the younger generation of the possibilities, specifically females, had in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.