Opening doors for young girls in STEM

A Tech School workshop gave young women the confidence to fulfil their dreams through studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

Up to 100 girls from high schools in Ballarat and Geelong went to a two-day, all-female Tech School experience hosted by Ballarat and Geelong Tech Schools.

The young women explored the world of robotics, virtual reality, programming, electronics and prosthetics.

Geelong Tech School Director Leanne Collins says Tech Schools can show young women the many opportunities available to them in STEM industry.

'Girls bring such a different range of skills to some of the fields that are traditionally male-dominated - they are actually quite sought after.'

Tech School ambassador and keynote speaker Marita Cheng attended the Geelong workshop to talk about her career and encourage more women to enter the STEM industry.

Marita founded robotics company auBot and won 2012 Australian of the Year.

​Ballarat Tech School Director Sofia Fiusco wanted to encourage young women to rethink their career path.

'We want to show pathways and opportunities and what technology does to improve our lives,' Ms Fiusco says.

'The aim is that they will start to rethink about what they would like to do or the skills they will need to actually be able to meet their dreams.'

STEM – the future starts here

STEM covers a wide range of disciplines and skills that are increasingly in demand in education, jobs and modern life in a rapidly changing world.

The Victorian Government invested $128 million to build 10 Tech Schools across the state.

Ballarat Tech School opens in early 2018, and Geelong Tech School opens in mid-2018.

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