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
School 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
Engineering: a diverse and exciting career path for girls
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Girls explore a future career in engineering
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Associate Professor Sally Male
Associate Professor Sally Male is the Chair in Engineering Education, pioneer for Virtual Work Integrated Learning for engineering students and advocate for gender inclusivity in engineering education.
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