Students get practical introduction into STEM education and careers

28 JULY 2022

Students get practical introduction into STEM education and careers

A panel of experts guided a workshop for Year 9 and 10 girls in Wagga Wagga to introduce them into education and career prospects in STEM.

  • Charles Sturt academics on panel for Girls in STEM High Tea in Wagga Wagga

Charles Sturt University has partnered with education institutes to develop a Girls in STEM High Tea Program for students in Years 9 and 10.

The collaboration between the University, Mater Dei Catholic College and Department of Education is aimed at encouraging future STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) pathways to Stage 5 high school girls, with the aim to develop a Riverina-based program held at Mater Dei Catholic College, targeting Year 9 girls.

A ‘Meet the Panel’ discussion was held on Wednesday 27 July with a female panel of experts. Students worked in groups of five to complete STEM-related challenges and worked closely with a mentor to devise solutions.

Students also had the opportunity to ask mentors about their work and learn about their related fields.

Extra STEM education funding and curriculum support in schools is being offered according to the National STEM School Education Strategy 2021-2026.

Part of the strategy is to connect industry, schools, and universities to promote future STEM careers.

Charles Sturt Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Michael Friend said the University was proud to partner with Mater Dei Catholic College and the Department of Education to provide this opportunity for high school girls interested in STEM careers.

“A career in a STEM field is exciting, rewarding and innovative and Charles Sturt University is committed to furthering the education of students, both enrolled at the University and prospective students,” he said.

“It is a great opportunity to have our experts on display, demonstrating the capabilities of the University in educating in a STEM career but also showing students the potential career and research pathways ahead of them.

“Events like these are a great way to encourage more females into STEM education and career pathways.”

Media Note:

For more information, contact Nicole Barlow at Charles Sturt Media on 0429 217 026 or

Photo caption: Charles Sturt Senior Technical Officer Myf Clark with Mater Dei students Scarlett Edmistone, Charley Mann and Alina Lungley.

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