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STEM and Toolooa Year 10 Student Miss Amy Crook

STEM and Toolooa Year 10 Student Miss Amy Crook
Amy Crook is about to embark on an exciting new position as a STEM ambassador at Toolooa State High School. STEM stands for the study and practice of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The STEM Girl Power Camp is an initiative of Advancing Education – An action plan for education in Queensland. 
Amy’s journey began when she accepted the invitation to apply for the STEM Girl Power Camp; however, it was not just an expression of interest. Only one application was permitted per school and this was a Principal decision. An official submission was then prepared by Amy which was presented to the school’s Principal for approval.
Amy’s submission had to demonstrate that she attained high achievement in STEM-related subjects at school and she was required to provide a number of statements regarding her interest in STEM and her involvement in STEM-related activities within the school and the wider community. Amy’s submission required the school’s supporting statement. After the Principal approved Amy’s application, it was submitted to STEM where it was assessed by a panel according to specific selection criteria. It would take at least two weeks before Amy received official notification that she was to be one of only 20 female students from throughout Queensland to be accepted. 
Amy will now travel to Brisbane to participate in the STEM Girl Power Camp on March 9-12, 2016. While in Brisbane Amy will participate in a number of site visits including the World Science Festival at Southbank, activities and a project. Upon her return to Toolooa, Amy will be the STEM ambassador inspiring others to participate in STEM and will lead and participate in a varieties such as the National Science Week and liaising with regional STEM co-ordinators.