Congratulations to Year 10 student, Madelyn Groeller, who was one of 55 students from across the State selected to participate in the 2017 UOW STEM Camp for girls last week.
“Emerging technologies and the skills needed to innovate and revolutionise Australian industries was the focus of a new camp for high achieving, STEM-focused teenage girls,” said the UOW organisers.
From 15 – 18 January, 55 selected young women between the ages of 15 and 18 from across NSW stayed on the University campus (UOW), participating in hands-on activities that incorporated learning from all areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) inspiring them to be the next generation of STEM leaders.
Through an integrated STEM approach, the girls learned about coding and cryptology, sustainability and renewable energy, artificial muscles and robots, and 3D and biomaterials printing. The group visited companies located at iAccelerate, UOW’s innovation ecosystem, took tours of the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre and were excited to learn about ground-breaking research at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Sciences.
UOW’s STEM Schools Outreach Coordinator and camp organiser, Destiny Paris, said that the activities were specifically designed to interest and encourage girls to explore and develop ideas and solutions for problems facing humanity.
“We know that social stereotypes and a lack of role models can result in females steering away from STEM subjects and careers. But if we ‘change the story’ from technology to context (environmental, social and health) we can help reverse this trend,” she said.
“We want the girls to realise that STEM is about discovery, design, innovation, imagination and contribution. The skills they acquire through STEM create more diverse workforces and improve decision-making for communities and industries at all levels.”
Well done Madelyn. It is great to see our girls leading the way in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.