Girls in STEM
We run a number of initiatives to help increase girls’ engagement with STEM. These include programs that showcase diverse career possibilities, raise the profile of female role models and increase the opportunities for girls to get hands-on with STEM. We are also keen to collaborate with other organisations that champion women and girls in STEM, to assist in supporting existing initiatives.
Girls Engineering Tomorrow (GET)
Engineering is one of the fastest-growing occupations in Australia, but women still only make up less than 15 per cent of enrolments in engineering bachelor degrees in Australia. In response, Curtin University is piloting an outreach program to increase the visibility of engineering amongst the school student population and as a mechanism to support those female students studying high-level maths.
The Girls Engineering Tomorrow (GET) program targets senior secondary students studying high-level maths and offers them mentoring support, and exposure to engineering activities, courses, role models and careers.
How can organisations get involved?
We know we can’t do this alone. Inspiring and supporting girls to study engineering requires collaboration between schools, industry and higher education. There are many ways for organisations to support the program including:
- Provide staff to attend industry and networking sessions
- Sponsor a local student to attend the program
- Tailored sponsorship packages including branding
- Mentor a student post Year 11 program
We are looking to work with partners over the duration of the three-year program and are open to conversations about how we can meet each other’s goals. We have a range of flexible sponsorship packages for those who are able to provide financial support.
Contact Gina Pearse to find out more
Girls Focus on Mining Camp
The Girls Focus on Mining Camp is a five-day residential camp for high school girls to experience what its like to study and work in the mining industry in WA. You’ll get to tour mine sites, participate in hands-on workshops and tour Curtin’s Kalgoorlie School of Mines campus. The program targets girls in Year 10, 11 or 12 who have an interest in science or engineering, and would like an introduction to the mining and resources sector.
Students from throughout WA are welcome to apply. Support is available for regional students to take part.
The camp is free with all travel, meals and accommodation provided thanks to the support of WA School of Mines and industry.
Contact STEM Outreach to find out more
Curtin’s STEM stars in the spotlight
Women in Technology WA (WITWA) filmed some of Curtin’s amazing women in STEM for their new program – Techtrails Online. This initiative is a series of online modules for secondary students designed to give them an opportunity to explore where STEM skills could take them. Be inspired by their stories.
Associate Professor Janet Beilby talks about her eclectic career as a speech pathologist working in the clinical management of stuttering disorders, which she believes gives her validity in her other roles of educator and researcher.
Professor Gretchen Benedix talks about using really high resolution images to study rocks from space requires access to supercomputing power – a whole bunch of very fast computers that you can throw all kinds of information at and get data back very, very quickly.
Associate Professor Sarita Bennett talks about how she has always wanted to work in agriculture and how she loves both parts of her job – being in the field talking to farmers, and teaching and mentoring the next generation of agricultural scientists.
PhD student Morgan Cox talks about how she failed maths and high school and how she thought she’d never get into University but then she found something she was passionate about. She feels like a bit of a detective studying asteroid impacts and their effect on the evolution of the Earth.
Benjamin Hartig and Renae Sayers talk about that space isn’t for a select few anymore – there are many opportunities. The next generation has been referred to as the space generation where we can have WA students building WA hardware that’s going to be launched into space.
PhD student Nicole Neville talks about how she uses maths, computer programming, chemistry, physics on a daily basis in her research, and how you need to have all these different elements of STEM fields that you can connect together to get the overall picture.
PhD student Andrea Rajšić talks about her work mainly focusing on programming for making simulations of impacts that are happening on Mars. She says once you learn programming and the way to think like a programmer you can basically program anything.
Dr Eleanor Sansom talks about how planetary science and getting involved in space in general is such a multi-disciplinary subject that you could come at it from so many different directions. So finding the area that you really love and developing those skills is the best approach.
PhD student Raiza Quintero talks about how she finds geology interesting as it is a bit like storytelling – you can study a rock and all the minerals that make it up, but you don’t get all the information, so you have to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
Dr Dimple Quyn talks about how her love of mathematics led to a diverse career in chemical engineering. Her research background varies from carbon capture to biomass gasification to pharmaceutical micronization techniques for drug delivery.