Stellar Sunbury Downs College student Lily Morgan has been hand-picked to participate in a program designed to assist girls find their way in the field of science and technology.
Curious Minds is a hands-on extension and mentoring program to ignite girls’ passion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is delivered jointly by Australian Science Innovations and the Australian Maths Trust to selected high achieving girls in Years 9 or 10. Lily Morgan’s outstanding results in Maths competitions offered at SDC has led to her being offered a place in the program next year. Lily is 1 of only 110 students selected across Australia. She will be connected to a female mentor who works in a STEM field and be able to attend lectures, participate in workshops and complete a research project of her choice. “Having been accepted, I am really grateful for this opportunity. SDC teachers were also very encouraging both during and after the application process. Overall, as a student who loves science and mathematics, I am excited to participate in what I think will be a really great opportunity to refine my plans for the future”. Lily Morgan, 10D
The Star Weekly visited Sunbury Downs College to interview Lily and her teacher, Ms Lauren Jackson. The article exerpt is below:
Established by Australian Science Innovations, the six-month Curious Minds program provides a mixture of hands-on learning, mentorship and collaborative projects for a select bunch of exceptional year 9 and 10 girls from across the country.
The program is focused on developing opportunities within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) classes, the latter of which is Lily’s favourite area.
In the past two years, as a year 9 and year 10 student, Lily has finished within the top one percentile at the Australian Mathematics Competition.
Lily’s teacher, Lauren Jackson, said the school was contacted to see if Lily would take part in the program on the basis of these exceptional results.
“She has always been very independent in her learning and I think this is a really worthwhile program,” Lauren said.
“There seems to be less girls confident to continue with their STEM subjects unless they’re doing very well.”
Lily said she was most looking forward to being paired with a mentor, with whom she would get to research a project to present in front of her peers at the end of the program.
“I think for girls especially, there’s not as clear an idea of what careers to follow [in STEM], and there’s less of a historical precedent,” she said.
“The school has been supportive. When I got accepted, a bunch of teachers congratulated me and Ms Jackson has always been so helpful.
“I just really enjoy understanding how the world works and being able to explain these concepts.
“My philosophy is, if I put in the effort, I can succeed regardless of the challenge.”
Star Weekly article