Girl Power in STEM


During the July school holidays, Year 10 Balcombe Grammar student Emily Lawyer attended the ‘Girl Power in Engineering and IT’ program at Melbourne University.

Emily was one of only 40 students selected to participate in the program whose aims are to contribute towards gender parity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Emily said “When I first applied for the University of Melbourne’s ‘Girl Power in Engineering and IT’ program I didn’t know where my interests were in engineering, however, after experiencing the camp and gaining invaluable knowledge from numerous experts I now have a more secure understanding of the engineering field and what interests me. The name of this program originates from the University’s aim to promote more diversity and inclusivity throughout their degrees, particularly in the engineering programs which are currently male dominated. The camp was filled with fun and informative activities to educate us all about engineering and the countless pathways engineering can take you. We were lucky enough to meet some very successful engineers and gain an insight to their careers, including network, aerospace, chemical and biomechanical engineering. A highlight of the camp was the opportunity to meet the Melbourne University motor racing team. During this time, we were able to talk to them about their challenge of building a race car from scratch and competing in motor racing competitions against other universities. The chance to stay on campus at Trinity College was an experience I will never forget as I got to meet new people and explore the university as well as seeing what is on offer in an enjoyable and exciting way.”

The school congratulates Emily on this outstanding achievement and encourages other female secondary students to learn about careers in Engineering and IT. Further details can be found on the University of Melbourne website.

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