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STEM - Girls Power Camp

18/04/2017

To say that the five days I spent in Brisbane for the second annual STEM Girl power camp was absolutely inspiring, would be a dramatic understatement. I learned so much about careers in science and other fields such as the arts, met a truly amazing group of people and also had a great time along the way.

On Tuesday 21 March, I and another 70 girls from all around Queensland arrived in Brisbane, eager to explore the Queensland Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology or QASMT. During the week, I visited many different facilities and laboratories where I conducted experiments such as electrophoresis, which consisted of using pipettes to place DNA in agarose gel and separated DNA using the negative – positive charge. During a visit to the GOMA Art Facility, we analysed pieces of art with STEM aspects, and gave presentations to the public about those pieces.  This was an interesting and fun activity as we were combining two different fields and also interacting with the public.

The World Science Festival coincided with the STEM camp, and each night, I was able to view a performance from different people. One night, we were humoured by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, a famous Australian science communicator, with talks about Murphy’s Law and G-force.

By the time I had to leave, on Saturday, I truly didn’t want to. This was because of the two very close friends that I made, who I stuck with the entire week, and also the inspiring leaders and female role models who told stories of their struggles as a woman making it into the science field. The entire experience was fascinating and extremely informative about the different career pathways that STEM provides. I am now much more aware of the possibilities of a future career in the STEM fields. I definitely recommend and encourage girls to participate in STEM- focused activities and as an ambassador, I hope to inspire others in STEM.

Jenna Attard