Inspiring girls to pursue STEM

Kristy Kendall
Feb 28, 2018 9:15:00 AM

Inspiring girls to study Science

It is estimated that in the next decade 75% of jobs in the fastest-growing industries will require skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Across Australia, enrolment in STEM subjects is in steady decline and many young girls don’t consider STEM subjects in their VCE and employment pathways. Only one in four IT graduates and fewer than one in 10 Engineering graduates are women, and women occupy fewer than 20 per cent of senior researcher positions in Australian universities and research institutes.

At Toorak College, we know how powerful and inspiring it can be for female students to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. So why exactly is it so important? 

STEM immerses you in the latest technology

Products and services you use every day are shaped by science and technological innovations, from your smartphone to your fridge. Want to work with robots, refine driverless car technology or cure disease? Studying and working in STEM means you are learning about the world around you and often finding innovative solutions to real-world challenges. 

STEM drives innovation

Having more girls educated in STEM related subjects will ensure that our society and economy will benefit from the talents of the entire population. Australian of the Year and Quantum Physicist, Professor Michelle Simmons, is a woman in a man’s world. She believes that women think differently to men, and that “diversity of thought is invaluable to technological and research ­development”.

STEM helps develop transferable skills

STEM subjects help students learn a range of transferable skills that can be used in just about any occupation or industry. By engaging in STEM, girls can fine-tune their ability to think critically, solve problems and adapt to change - skills that every future employer looks for!

Women need STEM role models

We know that some of the reasons women and girls participate in STEM fields at lower rates include lack of encouragement, lack of role models and negative peer pressure. It is definitely not due to a difference in ability. While some girls are drawn to STEM fields on their own, others develop interest after a little encouragement from parents and role models. Toorak College is proud that so many graduates have gone on to become Professors, Research Fellows, Engineers, Scientists, IT Specialists and Mathematicians.

Recognising the need to inspire even more young women to pursue a STEM career, Toorak College is excited to be building a new and innovative Science and Technology Centre

We have worked with the very best educators, industry professionals and architects to design a space that will mimic real life working environments and equip our students with the essential skills and knowledge for a lifetime of STEM learning. 

Toorak College Science and Technology Centre

The Science and Technology Centre build will commence in early 2018 and will feature six biology, physics and chemistry super laboratories, a DIGI zone for coding and engineering, open learning areas and University style leacture facilities, an entrepreneur pop-up space, collaborative learning spaces and an outside science courtyard and laboratory. 

Discover our new Science and Technology Centre

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