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Six Durack STEM students get helping hand

Melissa Price –
Federal Member for Durack

Federal Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price is delighted that six Durack secondary students are among 60 students from Western Australia and South Australia taking part in an advanced digital technology program.

“The Federal Government is supporting students from groups under-represented in STEM subjects to pursue their passion for digital technology that started with a digIT summer camp at UWA recently, to take their skills to the next level,” she said.

“As part of digIT, participants explore digital technologies through a six-month mentoring program, guest lectures, interactive workshops and field trips.”

Amos Lippitt from Kununurra District High School joined Jeremy Samwell from Newman Senior High School, Hannah Gray from Cornerstone College at Mt Barker and Jack Blick and Kiona Fry from John Willcock College in Geraldton, along with Thomas Appleton from Morawa District High School.

“I congratulate the students from our community who are pursuing their passion for IT, maths and science, and want to encourage other students in Durack with similar dreams, to get involved,” said Minister Price.

“STEM skills are vital to future jobs and Australia’s future economy, and our Government is focused on supporting young people to pursue opportunities in STEM.

“Our Government has provided over $64 million to fund early learning and school STEM initiatives, including $1 million from 2016-17 to 2019-20 for digIT, which means more opportunities for Durack students to explore their interest in STEM,” said Ms Price.

Over four years, around 240 students will benefit from the program, which is delivered by the Australian Mathematics Trust.
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