STEMming the Tide

We need more people in STEM subjects, especially girls!

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, (STEM) are all subjects that are traditionally dominated by boys.

In an effort to buck the trend, Central hosted an interactive ‘Girls in STEM’ Open Day followed by a general STEM Open Day on the 19/20 June at the GreenSkills Centre in East Perth.

Year 10 and 11 girls from across the state answered the call.  Over fifty girls descended on East Perth from places as far and wide as Pinjarra and Lesmurdie, including indigenous girls from the Follow The Dream program.

This year’s program was co-funded by the Department of Education and the Schools Pathway program and built on a solid showing last year.

The open days showcased the diverse range of career options available through STEM pathways and helped smash the stereotype that STEM subjects are a ‘boy thing’.

The days were structured to give participants a chance to try their hand at a little bit of everything. The girls were divided into five groups and rotated through activities for five different STEM pathways including building, science, engineering, resources and IT.

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Every activity featured a female STEM ambassador from Central to both answer questions and illustrate the opportunities STEM skills can lead to.

With STEM skills in increasingly high demand as business and governments look to adapt new technologies, innovations and solutions to create jobs, events such as this show potential students the vast career potential in this field.

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