The Bionics Institute is passionate about ensuring young women are inspired and motivated to follow their dreams and ambitions into STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine). In 2016 in Australia, women made up only 27 percent of the STEMM workforce which is why the Institute initiated a mentoring program to ensure that we are playing a pivotal role in the development of girls in STEMM. We have identified that need to engage with female students at the secondary school level to provide a sample of the opportunities and rewards are career in STEMM can bring.
We have created a model where leading female research scientists from the Bionics Institute mentor selected Year 10 and/or Year 11 students over a 4-6 month period. The unique learning model has been designed for students to become more engaged, educated and excited about a potential career in STEMM.
Students selected for the program will be at the discretion of your school (a pre requisite is a high interest in STEMM subjects).
If your schools location permits, the time commitment from the students will be approximately 2-3 face to face meetings at the Institute over a 3 month period (COVID-19 rules allowing). Students will have access to their mentor for phone calls and email exchanges. If your schools location is too far away from the Institute, these meetings can be conducted via remote communication.
At the conclusion of the program, students will complete a presentation which will form part of an Awards ceremony to be held at the Bionics Institute (COVID-19 rules and schools location allowing). Parents of the students and key learning staff members from each school involved are invited to attend.
Previous Mentoring Girls in STEMM programs
Expression of interest
If your school would like further information or you are interested in being involved in next years’ Girls in STEMM mentoring program, please complete the online expression of interest form. Both Government and independent schools are welcome to apply.
Contact: Amelia Cavanagh, Head of Marketing & Philanthropy, Bionics Institute. E: [email protected]