Twice a year, Ecolinc, the Science and Technology Innovations Centre in outer Melbourne, runs a very successful program – Emerging STEM for Women. Participants are girls in years 9 and 10 from both government and independent schools and the program includes presentations from guest speakers about studying particular areas of science, workshops, and a speed-dating session.
In October, the NYSF was able to support the program through a number of ways. NYSF alumna, Rebecca Johnson, gave the afternoon keynote talk about her STEM study pathway since attending the NYSF in 2009. She also attended the London International Youth Science Forum, has completed her undergraduate studies, and is currently studying for her PhD, based at the CSIRO.
Meg Lowry, who will be the NYSF 2017 Session A Student Chief of Staff, is currently studying at the University of Melbourne. She talked to the participants about the NYSF and how to apply for the January program opportunity, and some of her own experiences that attending has offered.
Other NYSF alumni participated in the speed-dating event, sharing their insights and knowledge with the students – we thank them for their willingness to be involved to promote STEM to the next generation of young women.
For further information about the Ecolinc Emerging STEM for Women program go to www.ecolinc.vic.edu.au.