Saint Ignatius College Geelong

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    Article by Ms Leesa Snookes

    GALS - Girls as Leaders in STEM

    As part of the ongoing development of the Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) program at Saint Ignatius College, a small group of female students from Year’s 7 and 8 have been selected to take part in the 'Girls as Leaders in STEM (GALS)' program through Deakin University, Waurn Ponds.

    In partnership with Deakin University, Upstart, STEM industries and The Gordon/Skilling the Bay our team of students have begun a 4-month, project-based learning experience where they have the opportunity to work closely with women in STEM and STEM leadership to develop their STEM capabilities.

    On Tuesday the 12th March our student team embarked upon a day-long workshop at Deakin University. Over the course of the day our team developed skills in problem-solving, the engineering process and determined the basis for their project – Managing Waste. Over the coming months, the team will continue to work on their project at lunchtimes with visits from Deakin University and STEM mentors along with participating in another day at Deakin University to develop a prototype. The program will culminate in a community awareness campaign and the launch of the prototype the students have designed and developed.

    Watch this space – as our GALS delve into the world of STEM and step towards creating a positive solution for a significant environmental issue – Managing Waste.

    Ms Leesa Snookes


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