Women working in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers in the resources sector will encourage Brisbane school girls to do the same today at special International Women’s Day events.
Organised by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), San Sisto College and Craigslea State High School will host events where girls will be mentored by female industry professionals who will assist them with the hands-on STEM activities.
About 60 girls will take part in each event, which will also be attended by girls from Clayfield College, Ipswich Girls Grammar, Everton Park State High School, and Mount Gravatt State High School.
It’s so important for girls to be encouraged to take up and continue with STEM studies as this can lead to such a huge range of careers,” said San Sisto College Principal Shelley Hamilton.
“It’s also a great opportunity for the girls to hear first-hand what it’s like to work in these careers, and how to enter these career pathways.”
Craigslea State High School Principal Mark Farwell said girls often overlooked the career opportunities that led from STEM studies, which could limit their career aspirations down the track.
“We’re hoping it will open them up to the possibilities that STEM provides and encourage them to continue with high-level STEM beyond high school.”