Murdoch to focus science futures for women

December 19, 2016

Murdoch is inspiring young women to study science.Inspiring young women to keep up their studies in science will be a major focus for Murdoch University next year.

Dr Kate Brooks from Murdoch University’s Centre for University Teaching and Learning said the University was hosting a series of events to help demonstrate the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

“Western Australia has the lowest Year 12 to university transition level in the country,” she said.

“We are aiming to reverse this trend and show the diverse, exciting and secure career pathways available to girls studying STEM.

“Studying STEM empowers girls with the knowledge and skills for problem solving and a way of thinking that will serve them in their future careers in a number of fields.”

Throughout 2017 Murdoch University will host a series of STEM and Entrepreneurship Education Showcase Days with a series of inspirational women to demonstrate the limitless careers options available to STEM graduates.

Participants will hear from successful female STEM entrepreneurs and participate in a Q&A session with a diverse panel of inspiring and high-achieving women with STEM qualifications.

More than 1000 Year 8, 9 and 10 high school girls, as well as parents and teachers, are expected to attend the events.

After hearing from a series of women with STEM backgrounds who have branched into a range of careers, the girls will try out some practical STEM activities, while parents and teachers participate with some future thinking workshops.

Dr Amanda Woods-McConney from Murdoch University’s School of Education said that teachers and parents are very influential for girls’ STEM aspirations.

“These tailored workshops for parents and teachers will enable us to share the latest research on Girls in STEM and also hear views on how STEM could become more attractive as a study option for girls.”

The talks will also be broadcast online to girls in remote communities via Western Australia’s Schools of Isolated Distance and Education (SIDE) Secondary School.

Murdoch University has received Federal Government funding from the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Grant program to run the events.

 

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