In 2019, we completed our inaugural “Mentoring Girls in STEMM program” whereby leading female research scientists of the Bionics Institute mentored selected Year 11 students from Ivanhoe Girls Grammar.

In 2020, we had planned to expand our program, however due to COVID-19 this became difficult. Fortunately we were able to continue our partnership with Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar and this year our mentoring program was conducted via remote communication.

Last Friday 16th October, staff from the Bionics Institute and Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar, in addition to friends and family of the students, joined a video meeting where four young women presented on the areas of research in which they had been mentored. At the conclusion of their presentations, Principal of Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar Dr Deborah Priest presented the girls with their awards from the Bionics Institute.

Mr Robert Klupacs, CEO, Bionics Institute, is passionate about ensuring young women are inspired and motivated to follow their dreams and ambitions into the STEMM field (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine). “We hope 2021 will provide us with the opportunity to significantly expand our activity across further schools”.

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