“We also know that our youth show interest in STEM subjects at a relatively early age, so it is crucial we educate and inspire young women to explore these essential skills early on. Our goal is for female students to expand their knowledge of skills, be galvanised by possible career pathways, and believe in themselves. We want them to come away saying ‘I can do that’, or ‘I want to do that’, knowing that any of these careers are in reach for them.
“Experiences such as this don't just have an impact on an individual, they impact entire communities.”
The Girls in Tech program was first launched in 2019 to help expand the knowledge, skills and career options for female high school students, with a focus on inviting schools from lower socio-economic areas.
This year marks the biggest version of the event to date, with more schools invited to interact with exhibition booths hosted by the likes of Telstra, Google and CSIRO, to see the latest and emerging trends in technology.
In addition, attendees will be given the chance to hear from professionals and pioneering women in STEM; including, but not limited to, Women’s Advocate and former teacher, Wendy McCarthy; CEO and Founder of Lumachain, Jamila Gordon; and Visual Science Communicator, Dr Kate Patterson.