Girls in Engineering

Creating the engineers of the future

The UWA Girls in Engineering (GiE) outreach program inspires female students to take advantage of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) study and the career pathways available in this area. Under the program, current UWA students and industry partners volunteer their time in schools around Perth to talk to Years 7–10 students about exciting engineering career options. Through a range of discipline-specific challenges, including environmental, mining and biomedical activities, students work collaboratively in teams to solve complex problems.

The GiE program hosts on-campus Discovery Days to showcase a circuit of engineering activities hosted by academics and student societies. Keynote speakers and alumni share their stories and demonstrate the social impact engineering has in improving our world

Along with our foundational partner Rio Tinto, we recognise that the gender imbalance in STEM fields should be addressed from an early age. With less than 15 per cent of women in the Australian engineering workforce, we are working on breaking gender stereotypes, demystifying fields of study and working to create the engineers of the future.

We would like thank the following supporters of the Girls in Engineering program:

  • Rio Tinto
  • Monadelphous
  • Fluor

Emerging Engineers Competition


The UWA Girls in Engineering program and Woodside OceanWorks are excited to launch the Emerging Engineers Competition for girls in years 7 - 12.

Students are invited to pitch their solution to a real, widespread problem in marine/ subsea engineering and learn from current leaders in the field. Finals will be held at UWA's Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre in front of world-class researchers and industry partners to claim an amazing prize worth $1,000.

This year, participants will work on the industry-wide problem of 'biofouling'. Defined as the unwanted growth of marine organisms on subsea structures and equipment, biofouling affects diverse industries locally and globally from oil and gas to renewable energies. The Emerging Engineers Competition is open to all female secondary students in the Greater Perth Area. 

Registrations for teachers will close 8 March 2019. 

Registrations for students will close 22 March 2019. 

For more information, contact

Resource Pack

This pack contains the Competition Manual, Timeline, and other resources.

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Legal Information

Parent permission forms and Terms and Conditions are available at the link below.

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Teacher Registration

Teacher Registrations are now closed.

Student Registration

Students must be registered by their parent or legal guardian. Please have your signed Parent Permission Form ready to attach.

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Girls in Engineering Discovery Day highlights

Schools we work with

Current schools include:

  • Ballajura Community College
  • Belmont City College
  • Ellenbrook Secondary College
  • Governor Stirling Senior High School
  • John Wollaston Anglican Community School
  • La Salle College
  • Methodist Ladies College
  • Penrhos College
  • Perth College
  • Shenton College
  • St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls
  • St Mary's Anglican Girls’ School
  • Willetton Senior High School
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