Engineering Diversity

Seventy-five percent of the world’s fastest growing careers require science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills, but some sections of Australian society are significantly underrepresented in technical careers.

Burwood Girls HighIn Australia, only 11% of professional engineers are female; by the age of six girls believe they are not as good as maths as boys and we have only had 10 Aboriginal architects. Ever.

Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) School Outreach program is aimed at primary and secondary school students and is designed to address the lack of diversity of in STEM professions by demonstrating the positive social impact of engineering and technical careers and changing the perception of who can be an engineer.

From 25 to 29 of July 2016, a team of 12 EWB volunteers, all students from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and University of New South Wales (UNSW), will run creative, hands-on, interactive School Outreach workshops at five schools across Western Sydney. The schools are either in a low-socio economic areas, or have a strong presence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or female students. One of the five schools participating is Burwood Girls’ High.

“Young people are connected to a deeper purpose by bringing the element of community into STEM through our near-to-peer role models and presenters. Students who have never considered a technical career leave our workshops feeling empowered to use these skills to create a better world,” said Engineers Without Borders School Impact Manager, Emilie Nachtigall.

Google Australia is supporting EWB’s School Outreach program through a Google Local Grant to inspire under represented people to enter engineering and technology professions. With Google’s help, EWB has engaged around 10,000 students in 200 School Workshops in 2015/2016 so far.

Schools and dates:

Ashcroft High School Monday 25th July

Liverpool Girls High School Tuesday 26th July

Ambarvale High School Wednesday 27th July

Plumpton High School Thursday 28th July

Burwood Girls High School Friday 29th July

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