Stellar scholar curious about STEM options

High achiever Laura Chapman (pictured) is bound for Canberra to participate in Curious Minds, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) mentoring program.

The Dripstone Middle School student will participate in a summer camp, beginning 11 December, which is part of a push by the Australian Government to re-engage girls with STEM.

Laura was nominated for Curious Minds — a six-month project targeting years 9 and 10 female students, and comprising mentoring and two residential camps — after excelling in the Australian Mathematics Competition and the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools.

Although favouring biology and chemistry, Laura said she’s eager to broaden her knowledge of all areas of STEM, and share ideas with attendees having similar interests.

“I’m looking forward to meeting my mentor and learning about career opportunities,” she said. “And being part of a small group of residents will provide me with options I don’t even know about yet.

“It’s exciting to be part of a program at a national level, especially because I’ll be the first student to represent my school at Curious Minds.”

Acting assistant principal Amit Kundu said: “Her female mentor will help Laura define her personal goals, and explore her study possibilities and career pathways. It is a magnificent opportunity for a deserving student.”

Laura Chapman

Laura Chapman