03 Jul 2020
Support for girls and young women to enter study and employment in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics has received a considerable boost.
The ACT Government recently awarded seventeen grants designed to build Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) capability and make STEM more accessible to 15 ACT public schools and two individual students.
The investment of $200,000 to establish a Girls in STEM program has resulted in grants provided to
Individual: Emily Chalmers – Canberra High School, Catriona Cochrane – Canberra College
Lake Tuggeranong College
Lyneham High School
Belconnen cluster (Hawker College lead school)
Canberra High School
Macgregor Primary School
Maribyrnong Primary School
Campbell Primary School
UC Kaleen High School
Bonython Primary School
Alfred Deakin High School
Forrest Primary School
Campbell High School
There have been several totally innovative projects. One was at Lake Tuggeranong College. Students supported by Technology teacher; Owen Carpenter put forward a project that will combine boat building with care of the local aquatic environment.
“We aim for the project to promote Lake Tuggeranong as an evolving environment in need of more active community use and environmental respect. At the same time, it will promote women in trades and technology careers, using the skills of boat building.” said Mr Carpenter.
The grants are administered by the ACT Academy of Future Skills. The Academy is a key ACT Government initiative that aims to build Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) capability and make STEM more accessible to all students.
Grants were open to all public schools and public-school students.
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Owen Carpenter Delia Thompson, Annalise Laverie, Tia McDonald and Ananya Giridhar, ACT Minister for Education, Yvette Berry