2017 was a great year for our organisation – we more than doubled the number of students we reached and involved five times as many women in STEM. We had students and mentors return for a second year and bring their family and friends. Our mentors were from all walks of life and worked in so many different fields and industries – we really enjoyed documenting their stories and seeing how excited students were to have one-on-one time with some idols of the fields that they are interested in.
We also partnered with Murdoch University to deliver an Innovators’ Tea Party event during the ConocoPhillips Science Experience held on 11th – 14th December. This event saw 75 enthusiastic year 8, 9 and 10’s connect with 26 science professionals to learn more about the day in the life of a scientist. You can read the Murdoch University ConocoPhillips Science Experience Impact Report here.
We can’t wait to continue to inspire more WA girls to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – bring on 2018!
Here are some stats from our 2017 National Science Week events:
Some quotes from our participants:
“I went in thinking I knew what I wanted to do, but I came out of the meetings with a more open mind. The session blew me away and has opened my eyes to so many more aspects of science as a career. I liked learning how mentors were able to cross their passions and science. I liked the variety of careers available, and the different paths people followed in their careers.”
– student 2017
“The event really answered a lot of unanswered questions about engineering for me. I loved the vibe and feel of the event because it felt like a group of women pushing each other to be better. I feel like attending these events are a lot more informative than Uni open days because you get one-on-one time and lots of detail.”
– student 2017
“This was certainly an opportunity for professional development. It made me think about how I speak and relate to a younger audience which is very important in the workplace.”
– mentor 2017
Our mentors in 2017 described their jobs as:
Here is a map of the schools we reached in 2017:
You can download the 2017 National Science Week Impact Report here.