The ME Program celebrated 2019 International Women’s Day with a series of informative and practical Women in STEM activities across the Hunter region.
The three-days of activities covered six (6) ME Program high schools and 180 Years 7 – 8 female students. Participating schools included Maitland High School, St Joseph’s College – Lochinvar, Warners Bay High School, Cardiff High School, Newcastle Grammar School and San Clemente High School.
The ME Program was excited to welcome Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen, founder of the Tech Girls Movement back to the Hunter region to engage our local students and promote the upcoming Tech Girls are Superheroes competition through the workshops.
The workshops facilitated by Jenine aimed to get students not only interested in STEM subjects but also the entrepreneurial side of technology and breakdown the stereotypes which prevent more girls taking up STEM subjects.
The two-hour workshop took the students through the problem solving, design progress and research stages of app development to address a problem they see in their school, local community or even on a global scale.
“The girls in the workshop were highly engaged, in part because they were able to choose the problem they wanted to solve, and then because they had the ability, with our help, to create a real-life solution to it. There was such a variety of problems they wanted to solve,” said Jenine.
The ME Program is a proud supporter of the Tech Girls are Superheroes competition and excited to announce a team from Newcastle Grammar School was the first in Australia to register for the 2019 competition.