Engage with STEM Girls

Nominated students attend two Inquiry Days at a University of South Australia campus and the STEM Girls conference. Initially, the girls engage in authentic STEM learning with like-minded peers from other schools in the local community. During the two day STEM conference in Adelaide, STEM Girls come together from all five campus groups to continue their STEM learning, networking and exploration of careers.

STEM Ambassadors are teachers who advocate STEM pathways for girls and identify educational opportunities to promote STEM careers. STEM Ambassadors mentor the STEM Girls and facilitate information sharing with the wider female community in their school. Prior to the commencement of the program, STEM Ambassadors are invited to a group networking function to meet other STEM Ambassadors and share experiences to support each other.

Program overview

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    STEM professionals are resilient, resourceful and vital if our society is to continue to develop new approaches to worldwide challenges.

    One such challenge is how to provide strategic responses to a pandemic. In this workshop students will investigate mathematical modelling of population growth and discover how to make sense of the data. Students will then discuss the affects of a reduction of biodiversity in our world.

    R naught is a mathematical term used by medical professionals when dealing with infectious diseases. Students will learn how to interpret this value correctly and its affect on the population growth of the virus. One way to control infectious diseases is vaccination. Students will be presented with various scenarios and asked to predict the total number of infections in each case.

    Changing vaccination threshold values in each scenario will present students opportunities to engage in rich discussion with their peers about how mathematics, including limitations and assumptions of each model, underpins these outcomes. Students end the session by attempting to vaccinate the whole world. The race is on to provide the best solutions amongst their peers.

    In this workshop students will investigate the statement ‘Why Coding Matters’. STEM professionals are required to lead innovation and continuous improvement on worksites. Fatigue management is a constant challenge on construction projects, where large machinery must be operated for long shifts. Students will use a micro:bit to perform a fatigue test. The coding used to design this test and the tests effectiveness will be investigated by the students.

    Students will write their own block code to construct a game using the micro:bit. Each student will have access to an Altino car. These cars use Python coding. Students will be supported to write code to bring their car to life and complete set challenges.

    The aim of this workshop is for students to gain an appreciation of how computer science and coding are not only 21st century career skills; they are pathways to improved critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving skills.

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    Water Chemistry

    In this workshop students will be introduced to some aspects of water chemistry. Students will use Vernier Conductivity Probes, Salinity Probes, pH Sensors, a Turbidity Sensor, nitrate testing kits, and various testing strips to gather information about unknown water samples. Students will make recommendations to their peers about possible improvements to the water quality.

    Why Coding Matters

    Students will investigate the statement ‘Why Coding Matters’. STEM professionals are required to lead innovation and continuous improvement. Each student will have access to an Altino car. These cars use Python coding. Students will be supported to write code to bring their car to life and complete set challenges. The aim of this workshop is for students to gain an appreciation of how computer science and coding are not only 21st century career skills; they are pathways to improved critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills.

    Game of SET

    SET is played with a special pack of cards. The goal of the game is to find sets (hence the game's name) following the rules of the game. Students will look for strategies to help them beat their opponents.

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    The STEM Girls two-day Conference is the culmination event that brings all STEM Girls together. STEM Girls from all five groups are provided with the opportunity to meet, build relationships, develop and practice networking skills, and to visit STEM industries.

    The STEM Girls Conference has four major components:

    Networking seminar

    Girls from all five groups have the opportunity to meet and network. During the seminar, the STEM Girls will be guided through the principles of networking and communication and examine strategies for pursuing future opportunities and developing successful careers.

    STEM Ambassador networking seminar

    Concurrent to the STEM Girls networking seminar is an Ambassador seminar, where STEM Ambassadors network and explore cutting edge research with UniSA STEM and research professors.

    Networking dinner

    Students will meet, hear from and network with women in STEM careers. The STEM Girls Champion and keynote speakers will share their STEM journeys with the girls. The event provides the STEM Girls with an opportunity to practice their communication and networking skills, and to make valuable connections with STEM professionals.

    Industry Day

    The Industry Day showcases some of South Australia’s STEM industries and introduces students to women who work for these companies. Girls visit at least three sites to view the industry’s practices, processes and to learn about career opportunities.

2021 Program dates

  Mawson Lakes Group 1 Mawson Lakes Group 2 Magill Whyalla Mount Gambier
STEM Ambassador Welcome 30 March
4–5 pm
30 March
4–5 pm
30 March
4–5 pm
29 March
4–4.30 pm
29 March
4–4.30 pm
Inquiry Day 1

17 May
9–3 pm

18 May
9–3 pm
20 May
9–3 pm
11 May
9–3 pm
4 May
9–3 pm
Inquiry Day 2 2 August
9–3 pm
3 August
9–3 pm
5 August
9–3 pm
27 July
9–3 pm
10 August
9–3 pm
STEM Girls Conference

16 September, 3.45–9.00 pm | 17 September, 7.45 am–4.00 pm

Bookings

Please email UniSAConnect@unisa.edu.au to register your interest in the program and we will reply to your enquiry as soon as possible.