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Young Women in Technology 

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28 July 2017

Young Women in Technology 

Young Women in Technology 

On Wednesday the 7 June, a group of year 9 girls were invited to attend the Young Women in Technology event at the University of Adelaide.

The day was based around an introduction to possible future career pathways that focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This event gave the opportunity for students to engage with world-class researchers while applying their problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills in a range of interactive activities.

Throughout the day we were presented with a number of interactive activities, provided through the use of the university’s specialised facilities and equipment that were presented by professionals/specialists in their field. The first task was based around mechanical engineering and the goal was to a make a small projectile missile. By only using a match, foil and lighter, we created an extremely entertaining small flying object capable of flying twenty meters with ease – not to mention fun! Engineering of civil, environmental and mining took into account architectural considerations. Our second task was to build the tallest possible tower out of Lego with the lightest amount of weight. This proved to be a challenging activity, as once standing at 1.37meters tall and weighing in at approximately 300grams the group was faced with the Lego reality of the leaning tower of Pisa. Our third task focused on computer science and in this particular case, coding. Skills in coding, as we learnt, is becoming a necessity now and in the future as this technologically advancing society depends on technology more and more. Learning the basics of computer coding we all definitely advanced our skills. Progressing to our final task, and using skills from the previous activity we tried a taste of electrical engineering working with robotics. We enabled the robot movement, sound and the ability to sense distance and colours by generating ‘actions’ through coding on our computer and sending the desired ‘action’ to the robot.

Overall, the day was an informative and interesting opportunity for all girls to experience a taste of the university life and explore new potential career paths. Demonstrated through professional examples, we all gained a new awareness for the possible pathways in the future in the area of STEM.

Being able to have this insight into future opportunities made the experience so much more worthwhile and, even if STEM did not end up being our desired field in the future, the exposure both broadened our horizons and gave us a day of opportunities for future consideration.

Grace Le Monnier
Year 9 Stewart