On 27 September Engineers Australia hosted 186 NSW female school students from years 7-10 for an engineering immersion day. The day consisted of immersive workshops led by universities and industry, with support from young engineers providing real life examples and context to the activities.
This year’s students were from Sydney Metropolitan Area; north to Coffs Harbour; north west to Armidale; south to Ulladulla and central west to Young. Our initial feedback from the students indicates that 60% of the respondents intend to study maths and science for the HSC, with another 30% considering it.
Engineers Australia Partnerships Manager – Sydney, Caryn Morgan said Experience It! is an important program to break down the perceived gender bias of the profession and include female students in the conversation at an early age.
‘Our NSW STEM program surveys show that 66% of female participant’s believe that girls do not consider engineering because of gender bias. Another 29% of female participant’s stated that they did not know what engineering is. It is vital that we engage at early age and educate students of the breadth of possibilities that engineering can bring,’ said Ms Morgan.
Feedback from the participating students has remained strong for 2019, with comments such as ‘I liked how it taught me how to think like an engineer and gave me hands-on experience,’ and ‘I liked the range of activities that were on offer. The whole day was very good in my opinion so I don’t know what could of been better.’
The 2019 program involved collaboration between 7 universities and 6 industry partners, supported by the NSW Office of Chief Scientist & Engineer and WestConnex.
For further information about our NSW STEM programs, please download a copy of our 2019 program.