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Libraries STEM Program to Inspire Future Female Scientists

Date13 January 2022

Girls aged between eight and 11 are invited to register for an exciting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) program aimed at inspiring the next generation of Australia’s female scientists, which will be hosted at Mary Davies Library and Community Centre in Baldivis from February 2022.  

Now in its second year, the popular eight-week program is presented by Little Genius Science and supported by CSBP. 

An external shot of the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre in Baldivis.

Each week, participants will explore a new topic, including using electricity to move objects, investigating real-life fossils, and extracting and examining DNA. In addition, participants have the opportunity to collaborate with female STEM professionals from CSBP, Kwinana.

City of Rockingham Mayor Deb Hamblin said the program would provide an opportunity for learning where participants could collaborate, design, solve and experiment in a fun and supportive setting.

“STEM skills are increasingly important for workplace innovation and productivity,” Mayor Hamblin said 

Many growing and emerging industries require people with these skills, and programs like Girls in STEM are vital to providing students with the tools to excel in these areas throughout their academic life. 

The workshops will be run by STEM educator, Sarah Curran-Ragan from Little Genius, who is passionate about STEM and promoting science in a hands-on and exciting way.

“We know that females are still under-represented across careers in science, with fewer girls choosing STEM careers. We also know that girls often work differently at school to their male counterparts,” Ms Curran-Ragan said.

“Providing children with role models that they can relate to has been proved to be the main influence on career choices.

By creating a female-only environment for STEM learning, we offer a safe space for girls to explore science with female role models. It’s about lighting that spark early on and showing girls the endless possibilities that lie ahead for a career in STEM.

GM CSBP Chemicals Joint Ventures & AV/Modwood, Barney Jones, attested to the importance of STEM skills to help drive innovation and productivity in the workplace.

“Within our own industry, we have a great variety of exciting STEM careers available that are critical to the operations and success of the business,” Mr Jones said.

That’s why programs like Girls in STEM are so important. Not only are they vital in helping students get excited about these subjects, but they offer a great opportunity for girls to connect with positive female role models in the STEM world and see the real-life possibilities for a future career in STEM.

Bookings open Monday 17 January 2022. For more information or to register for the program, visit Rockingham Libraries.

Image: The program will be hosted at the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre in Baldivis. Picture: City of Rockingham. 

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