Robots, coding and space travel: Inside Canberra’s new Future Skills Academy

A group of Canberra high school students have attended a teleconference with NASA. A jet-propulsion engineer helped to answer questions on how he helped build the Mars rovers.

All tips are welcome, says teacher and scientist Paula Taylor, who runs the newly opened Centre for Innovation and Learning in Tuggeranong. Soon students will be working with Formula One (and 3D printers) to build model cars that will cut across the facility in less than a second.

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Australia’s Automotive Engineering Graduates get a $5 Million Boost

Despite car manufacturing moving overseas, Australia’s automotive industry isn’t dead yet. The Federal Government announced it will invest $5 million in upskilling engineering graduates to focus on the future of transport.

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Last week the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews launched the Automotive Engineering Graduate Program, designed to ensure Australia’s automotive sector has a steady stream of talent. continue reading

New Project Aims to Reverse STEM Decline

A program targeting Year 9 female students and their teachers will see around 140 South Australian girls learn about the benefits and opportunities of STEM studies through workshops, industry engagement and mentoring over a two-year Flinders project.

The program ‘STEM Enrichment Academy: Changing the face of SA STEM’ has been made possible by a Federal Government Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) Grant of $167,960, received by project leaders Dr Maria Parappilly (lead applicant), Professor Claire Lenehan, Professor David Day and Julie Herraman. continue reading

Australian Academy of Science calls for input on Women in STEM 10-year plan

The Australian Academy of Science is calling for nationwide views on the barriers and enablers that affect participation, retention and success of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and maths—STEM.

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Academy Fellow and UNSW Professor, Veena Sahajwalla, is helping to raise the profile of women in STEM. continue reading

Parents See Tech as Beneficial to Education

A new survey of more than 1,000 parents of students aged 17 or younger found that technology is viewed largely in a positive light, at least when it’s used in schools as part of a child’s education.

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James and Oliver Build a Coding Wand

Remember James and Oliver Phelps? They played the Weasley twins in the Harry Potter movies and they are unboxing and making their own coding wand with the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit Build a wand, learn to code, make magic on a screen, with a wave, twist, and twirl.  

How LittleBits Toys Encourage STEM Exploration

Ayah Bdeir, littleBits founder and chief executive officer, explains how the company’s toys encourage stem exploration. She speaks with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang on “Bloomberg Technology.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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The state of women in computer science

Top colleges boast about reaching gender parity in ‘intro to computer science’ courses. But very few of those women go on to graduate with a CS degree. Here’s why.

The classrooms at Georgia Tech, among the laptops and notebooks and lines of code, senior computer science major Marguerite Murrell likes to play a game she’s dubbed “Count the Girls.”

“If I can keep it under two hands, then I win,” Murrell said. “There are certainly some girls, probably more than some other computer science programs in the nation. But it’s a lot of guys.”

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Canberra wants more women to take up STEM roles

The Australian government is seeking direction on how exactly it can breakdown the barriers for women in STEM-related fields.

The federal government has started the development of a 10-year plan aimed at ushering more women into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related roles, publishing a discussion paper asking for help on how exactly it is going to make it happen.

According to the Women in STEM Decadal Plan Discussion Paper [PDF], women are lost at every stage of the professional ladder in STEM fields, due to a range of factors including stereotypes, discrimination, and workplace culture and structure, some of which the paper said manifests from early school years.

The paper, compiled by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, highlights that there are barriers at every level of schooling for women, and that the barriers continue well into their professional careers.

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