Launching Future STEM Careers

Date: 20th June 2019

A life-changing journey to NASA promises to inspire the ultimate STEM career for nine lucky SMC girls when they journey to world-renowned CASE Space School in the USA these school holidays. 

Linda Chong head of SMC Centre for Innovation has been awarded a scholarship to accompany a Middle School girls team describing the opportunity as the ultimate immersive experience for students interested in STEM.  ‘In a space context the trip will provide the skills the girls need to walk into the real world – collaboration, teamwork, communication, risk-taking and problem solving, They will experience first-hand how science, technology, engineering and maths can be applied in a creative and exciting professional setting, an ideal way to inspire them into STEM careers,’ said Ms Chong.

Alliance of Girls’ Schools Executive Officer Loren Bridge said that inspirational experiences like Space Camp help to equip students for the rapidly changing workplace and other challenges of the future. ‘In a world of continuous technological advancement and innovation, science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are critical for Australia’s future. Yet women are still hugely underrepresented in STEM fields

‘Girls’ schools are working hard to change that. By providing learning environments and opportunities free from gender stereotyping, research shows that girls are up to 85% more likely to pursue STEM subjects.

‘We hope an experience like this ignites a fire within these young women to go out start changing the STEM gender statistics,’ she said.

The trip will take place from 30 June – 13 July.
Some of the trip highlights:

  • Tour the Johnson Space Centre – NASA’s leading facility
  • Mission training – limited gravity trainer
  • Teamwork to solve simulated missions
    • Construct and launch a rocket
  • CSI style forensics course
  • Marine Biology course
  • Space suits, living in space and the shuttle program
  • Meet a NASA astronaut

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