A record number of secondary students attended The Australian National University (ANU) Girls in Engineering and Technology Program (GETSet) on Wednesday 19 August. The one-day event is in its 10th year and is designed for female students who wish to explore an education and career in engineering or technology.
Program organiser Emily O’Hara commented, “Since its inception the program has increased in size with female college enrolments at an all-time high across the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science. It’s great to see many past participants are now enrolled in STEM programs at the University."
Participants attended practical, hands-on sessions ranging from biomedical engineering, appropriate construction and solar technology. They were also encouraged to utilise creative thinking methods with science communicators from Questacon.
Khadeja from Melrose High commented, “I found it most interesting to see how biomedical engineering can make an impact on a really huge scale and has many different applications”. The girls were given an opportunity to hear stories from leading Women in STEM at a Q&A session which included ANU student ambassador Claire Honeyman, PhD student Alison Sham and industry representatives from Thales, Air Services Australia, Questacon and Taylor Thompson Whitting.
Teacher Ms Rachel Pearce who travelled from Tumut High School with two of her students said “It has been a really interesting and eye opening workshop. The girls have been inspired by the speakers and have enjoyed the various hands-on activity”.
The Australian National University hosts GETSet and a similar program Girls in ICT with places open to year 11 and 12 students. If you would like to know more contact the Marketing Team or pop into the Engineering and Computer Science stand at the ANU Open Day on Saturday 26 August.