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Sarah Attends STEM Girl Power Camp

​Sarah McDonnell, Year 10 Student
Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it,” and after attending the STEM Girl Power Camp in Brisbane, there’s no doubting the possibilities the future could present.  From 20 - 24 March, I, along with 55 girls from all over Queensland had the unique experience to learn about the diverse career opportunities science, technology, mathematics and engineering can offer and the potential these areas have to change the world. The camp aimed to inspire young women to pursue professions in STEM fields, which are traditionally male dominated and provided us with a chance to interact with other like-minded, motivated girls. Some of the highlights were extracting Green Fluorescent protein out of a jellyfish’s DNA which is an imaging agent for cancer.  I also had the honour of meeting Dr Fiona Wood, who has contributed so much to the medical science field with her research and ‘spray on skin’.  The week was jam-packed full of amazing activities, famous STEM figures and inspiration to pursue a career in one of these fields.  I would like to sincerely thank Ayr State High School, especially Mr Flynn and Mr Whittred, for nominating me for this truly unforgettable journey.  The future is STEM….