STEMpowered features an exhibition of videos and unique artefacts, as well as an education program including teacher resources, and will travel to each of the 10
Tech Schools over the next year.
The STEMpowered exhibition will be accompanied by a range of events including a launch event, community engagement events, and guided exhibition tours.
Nine of the women in the STEMpowered exhibition have been selected and presented by
Her Place Women's Museum Australia and will tour each Tech Schools.
Each host Tech Schools will choose their own 'local hero'.
Banyule Nillimbuk Tech School
- Date: August 16-31, 2018
- Address: Melbourne Polytechnic Greensborough Campus
Civic Drive, Greensborough, 3088
- Local hero:
Whittlesea Tech School
- Date: September 3-21, 2018
- Address: Melbourne Polytechnic Epping Campus
Cnr Cooper St & Dalton Rd, Epping, 3076
STEMpowered is a collaboration between Her Place Women's Museum Australia and the Department of Education and Training, with support from The Royal Society of Victoria. Her Place Women's Museum Australia celebrates the social, civic and entrepreneurial achievements of all Australian women and their role in shaping our nation.
STEMpowered features a range of great women working in STEM today. Their work showcases a diversity of careers, approaches, ideas and fields across games development, wearable technology, environmental science, engineering, cancer research, food waste, genetics, biotech, nanotechnology, mathematics and more.
STEMPowered education materials
STEMPowered featured woman of the month:
"I loved game from a very young age, but I didn't ever think that games could be a career."
When Lisy Kane started attending games events, she was often one of very few women there. But this is changing and more and more women and girls are getting involved in games as hackers (programmers), hipsters (designers) and hustlers (entrepreneurs).
Lisy is now a producer at Melbourne indie game development studio League of Geeks. She has worked on their highly successful game Armello, which was first released in 2015 and has won a range of international awards.
Lisy wants to see more women building the internet. She is a co-founder of Girl Geek Academy, a social enterprise that has a mission to teach technology skills to one million girls by 2025. Their programs include coding workshops for girls as young as five, hackathons and initiatives in 3D printing, games development, design, entrepreneurship and startups.
In 2017, Lisy was the only Australian to make the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 2017: Games list.
Women in STEM
Women have been creators, innovators and pioneers in STEM for thousands of years. From Indigenous knowledge systems, to nanotechnology and the sequencing of the koala genome - women have been central to STEM in Australia. However, their contributions are not widely known and girls remain underrepresented in may STEM-related field of study.
The future is always unknown, but the broad range of work being done in STEM helps us to prepare for it. One thing we do know is that diversity within STEM is important and, with women making up half the population, the involvement of more women in STEM leads to new voices, ideas and solutions.
As our world changes so rapidly, we can't know what the jobs of the future look like. What the women in this exhibition demonstrate is that STEM has equipped them to take on the unknown. As creative, big picture problem-solvers, they are making a difference in the world and thinking ahead to what is possible.