Gymea STEM girls visit UNSW

Key Points:

  • Gymea Technology High School launched their new Girls in STEM Education group comprising of 44 girls from years 7-12 this term
  • The first of their opportunities has been to explore a range of STEM programs running through the Universities
  • 30 of our girls visited the University on Thursday 20 June and joined the UNSW Girls in Engineering Club
  • The day allowed the girls to explore Engineering and what it might mean for their future studies and careers

After the launch of our new Gymea STEM Girls group early this term, the girls had the opportunity to participate in the University of New South Wales’ launch of their Girls in Engineering Club and join the club. With 30 of our top Maths/Science girls in attendance, they listened to a panel of UNSW alumni speak about their careers in a range of Engineering fields and engaged in some hands-on activities that allowed them to consider a pathway into further engineering studies. It enabled our girls to explore that Engineering is more than just building bridges and sustainable buildings but covers a whole variety of exciting skills and career prospects. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon exploring the field of Engineering and what it can do for them. Congratulations to our girls who were outstanding representatives of our school.

Here is what one of our talented girls had to say:

On Thursday 20th of June, 29 STEM girls and I went on an excursion to the University of New South Wales. The University created a Girls in Engineering Club which allows girls in high schools to explore what STEM and engineering is all about.

On this excursion, the STEM girls heard from 3 female engineers. A Chemical engineer, a Software Engineer and a Transport Engineer, who spoke to us and answered any questions we had about them and about engineering. We were able to learn about what engineering is, how it is used as well as the different types of Engineering there are. The STEM girls were also able to partake in activities associated with engineering such as finding out what type of engineer we are best suited to by using cards and diagrams to choose what we like best. We could also ask any other questions we had about each type of engineering that was displayed. I might be best suited to being a Chemical Engineer! We are also able to ask more questions that we had of the speakers and other Engineering university students that were there.

The Girls in Engineering Club at the University of New South Wales was a great excursion for all the STEM girls to be part of. This excursion opened our minds about STEM and Engineering and was a very enjoyable experience. We learnt and explored how Engineering is used in life and the jobs and careers available to us, in interactive ways.

A huge thank you to Mrs Edwards and Mrs Hristodoulou for helping and for making this excursion happen for us.

 

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UNSW Engineering Panel

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