CSIRO Young Indigenous Women pursue STEM careers

[by Michelle Hinchcliffe]

CSIRO YIWSA students tour Origin's Mt Stuart Power Station. Image: supplied

The gates to Mt Stuart Power Station were opened to more than 20 high achieving young Indigenous women this week, as they take part in a scientific industry visit in Townsville to support their pursuit of a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering Maths).


Hosted by the Origin Foundation, the CSIRO Young Indigenous Women’s STEM Academy students visited the Mt Stuart Power Station and the Origin LPG Terminal to experience ‘science in action’ and see one facet of the career opportunities that await them after their higher education studies.


More than 20 year 8 to year 11 students participated in the tour as part of the Academy program which will see these students immersed into the world of STEM through a lens of Indigenous knowledge, process and technology.


Young Indigenous Women’s STEM Academy, CSIRO Manager Cassandra Diamond said:

“For these students, meeting and hearing first-hand from Indigenous female STEM Professionals and Origin volunteers about careers in the energy industry, could have a significant impact on their career aspirations.


“This insight provides an important step in developing crucial school-industry links which inspire students and engage them in authentic learning experiences, while preparing them for the transition to further study and the world of work.


“We thank the Origin Foundation and Origin Energy for supporting the young Indigenous Women’s STEM Academy students,” Ms Diamond said.


Ruth Lee, Origin Foundation Volunteering Program Manager said:


“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are already doing amazing things in STEM and we are so proud to host this next generation of STEM professionals and give them a behind the scenes look at what life is like in the energy industry.


“The CSIRO Young Indigenous Women’s STEM initiative is well aligned with the Origin Foundation’s focus on creating greater gender diversity in STEM education and actively breaking down traditional STEM stereotypes.


“It’s a great opportunity for Origin’s female STEM professionals to inspire these young women through their own career stories, and for the young women themselves to experience first-hand what a STEM career could look like,” Ms Lee said.


The Origin Foundation, Origin’s philanthropic foundation, supports programs that use education as a pathway to a brighter future. Through the partnership with CSIRO, Origin volunteers help inspire students to pursue a successful career in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM).


The Young Indigenous Women's STEM Academy gives young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women the tools and support they need to succeed in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) career.


The Academy aims to empower a generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander female leaders, role models and game changers in STEM. Personalised and ongoing support from year 8 through to pre-employment will set students up for a successful STEM career.


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