BRAIN POWER: Mika Joyce-Mangschou is buzzing with knowledge.
BRAIN POWER: Mika Joyce-Mangschou is buzzing with knowledge. Tessa Patrick

Brainy girls do it better in Brisbane

MIKA Joyce-Mangschou is well-spoken, mature and incredibly smart for her age.

The 14-year-old Coolum State High School student has recently returned from a five-day STEM girl power camp in Brisbane, where she broadened her outlook on the world and challenged her already inquisitive mind.

"It was great being able to connect with people on the same level,” she said.

Last week Mika travelled to the state capital, where she immersed herself in lectures and experiments with professionals in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Except unlike her classroom in Coolum, she was only surrounded by girls.

"There was a real focus on girls, and the impact of getting girls into STEM,” she said.

"It was fascinating to find out how many jobs are out there for girls.”

The young genius is already top of her class in science and mathematics, and knows she wants to study something from the STEM field when she goes to university, she just doesn't know what yet.

"It inspired and motivated me to pursue a career in STEM,” Mika said.

"I was fascinated by what it looks like outside of the classroom.”

Mika was one of 57 girls from the state invited to attend the camp in Brisbane, alongside seven others from the North Coast region.

Paul Olsen, Head of Science at Coolum State High School said the school was extremely proud of Mika's effort and believed she has the talent and drive to go far in her chosen career.

"We're going to continue to feed Mika with opportunities in the next couple of years,” he said.

"We're driving to open kids' eyes for the future.”



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