Resources and Opportunities
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Applications open for the National Youth Science Forum
From 03 Jun 2022 to 14 Aug 2022
Opportunity for current Year 11 students
The NYSF Year 12 Program is a digital and in-person program that gives students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in STEM.
In 2023, the NYSF Year 12 Program will run from 10 to 24 January. Students will have opportunities to:
- participate in tours of science and technology facilities, and learn about cutting edge research;
- engage with industry partners and research providers;
- learn about university and STEM career pathways;
- mix with other like-minded students from all over Australia; and
- network with former NYSF participants to further increase understanding of STEM related study and career experiences.
In 2022, 43% of participants lived in remote and regional areas and 65% of participants identified as female.
Early bird applications close 24 July 2022 (reduced application fee). Applications close 14 August 2022.
STEMcognito – STEM communication video platform to enable and develop outreach skills and promote Australian EMCRs’ skills, research and careers worldwide.
STEMcognito is a new public engagement video communication platform. STEMcognito aims to become a trusted repository of validated scientific and academic video content, in a user-friendly, well-designed environment. STEMcognito allows viewers to choose from four main subjects and several subfields, with differing levels of complexity, thereby ensuring widespread public engagement opportunities. Additionally, our platform supports scientific communication skills development, with the opportunity for researchers to experience live feedback from the public and fellow professionals, thus widening the impact of the platform. A key goal of the project is to promote a culture of discussion around STEM research and to inspire researchers to both connect with a lay audience and with one another. Thus, STEMcognito is the only platform that supports outreach (expert to a non-expert) and “inreach” (expert to expert) communication, with the aim of bringing scientists and non-scientists closer together. STEMcognito gives voice to researchers and eliminates costly stages of specialist video production (such as animations or dubbing). It encourages researchers to fully exploit their existing resources, such as conference presentations. Thus, STEMcognito supports the enhanced use of precious intellectual resources and enhances public engagement with up-to-date scientific content. STEMcognito is free from time zone and location limitations. Australian EMCRs are often penalised for being in different time zones than many of their global colleagues, with inconvenient scheduling making it difficult to follow live seminars or webinars. By depositing videos on STEMcognito, Australian EMCRs will gain access to and be able to distribute their own scientific presentations asynchronously, allowing them to engage better with scientific colleagues.
Coding Resources for Women at Every Stage of Their Career
Columbia Engineering has aggregated a fantastic collection of resources for girls and women interested in learning to code.
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.
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.
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.
Canberra Girls' Programming Network
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.
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.
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.
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...