Girls in STEM

Research shows that children begin to aspire to careers early in primary school and are influenced by teachers and their families. It is therefore important we work together to engage the future generation of women in STEM. To assist, STEM Women has built a collection of existing programs and strategies targeted to inspire and encourage girls in STEM.

This collection aligns with Opportunity 5 Education: strong beginnings, in the Women in STEM Decadal Plan. Learn more about the decadal plan.
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Online

Women in AI Awards 2021

Until 13 Nov 2020

Women in AI is seeking applications from female entrepreneurs in AI based in Australia or New Zealand for their 2021 round of awards.

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Online

Berkeley Boot Camps - Coding

Learning to code is easier than you think. Whether you’re a novice who’s just starting out or already have prior experience with industry concepts and tools, our coding resource articles and web design tutorials can help further develop your existing skill set. 

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Online

Girl Geek Academy forums

The Girl Geek Academy forums are an online space for girls aged 8+ to come and talk about tech. It's really important for girls who love STEM to make friends with like minded Girl Geeks, the forums as a way to encourage that. They're completely free and safe (monitored by the Girl Geek Academy team), and are run every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 4-6pm AEST. 

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Online

Jasper: Take off with STEM

As part of its strategy to engage more girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based subjects and career paths, the RAAF has launched a new initiative based around a character named Jasper.

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ACT

Canberra Girls' Programming Network

Ongoing

The Canberra Girls’ Programming Network runs free, hands-on programming workshops for girls in grades 4–12. Girls are introduced to a range of topics such as cryptography and games and code their own programs using the Python programming language. No coding experience is necessary! Events are run several times a year by volunteer local women studying or working in IT in industry, academia and government.

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VIC

Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) Program

In 2019 Monash University ran this free program to support and nurture an entrepreneurial mindset in the next generation of women. Monash University invited schools to nominate a team of four year 10 female students. Read about the impact of the program here.

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National

Techgirls Competition

Ongoing

The Techgirls Competition is an annual program that changes the way girls perceive and engage in STEM. The program combines problem-solving through a social, business and technical lens, producing high-quality business plans, pitch videos and working app prototypes from girls as young as 7 to 17. Read the full evaluation report here.

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Online

Skype a Scientist

Skype a Scientist is a database which connects scientists to schools, community groups and families so that they can share their expertise and answer questions via teleconference software.

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Online

Techtrails Online

Women in Technology WA’s Techtrails STEM and Future Skills schools program is going online with a new initiative!

Techtrails Online is a series of online modules featuring links to future careers and video content showcasing inspiring female STEM role models. This exciting new initiative has been designed to inspire secondary students for a future in STEM, and give them the opportunity to explore where these skills could take them. 

Free to access and easy to use, with modules covering a range of themes, students will learn about the technology used in industries from marine science, and farming, to virtual reality, space and more! 

Aren't a teacher? Techtrails Online is open for anyone to use, so start exploring...

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QLD

Dream Big Australia

Dream Big Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that provides the best science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) experiences to young people aged 15 to 18, empowering them to become future leaders in education, industry and innovation.