Women in STEM: Future Careers, 21st Century Skills and INDUSTRY Role Models

Females are drastically underrepresented in STEM subjects and jobs across the planet.

Women in STEM Year 7-10 Conference – August 2019

On the eve of Science Week 2019, we educated, inspired and worked with 400+ Victorian Year 7-10 female high school students to share the career journeys, challenges and triumphs of Women in STEM!

Zoos Victoria, St Aloysius College and girledworld teamed up to host two youth events at Melbourne Zoo on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd August. Students were introduced to female role models and real-world case studies to help them understand how their choice of school STEM subjects links to the future of work, and worked together in Design Thinking Sprint Teams to solve animal enrichment challenges across Melbourne Zoo. Watch this space as the student prototypes are brought to life in the coming months, and add to the animal habitats at Melbourne Zoo!

Through hands-on activities, guest speakers and reflection, this interactive conference explored:

  • Female STEM mentors and role models

  • Real-world case studies of women in STEM

  • The role of STEM in the future of work

  • How STEM subjects and courses can lead to future STEM education and careers

  • How personal strengths, skills and experience can be translated to STEM study and careers

Attending students came away from this conference inspired, educated and excited by relatable real-world STEM mentors and were able to tap into their learning, skills and interests to explore their place in STEM.

ThESE SCHOOL programS linkED to THE Victorian Curriculum Level 7–10

  • Design and Technologies – Technologies and Society

  • Science – Science as a Human Endeavour

  • Personal and Social Capability Content Descriptions – Development of Resilience, Collaboration

  • Critical and Creative Thinking – Questions and Possibilities

  • Sustainability