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Lifelong passion to STEM from childhood learning

Last published on 07 Dec 2018 in Media releases

Girls in Western Sydney are learning new skills in robotics technology thanks to NSW Government funding for a new program, with 75 students from Years 5 and 6 participating in a pilot workshop today.

Minister for Women Tanya Davies visited the project at St Clair Public School, which saw students, parents and teachers getting involved in interactive classes and takehome play activities run by the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

"This program builds girls' confidence and interest in exploring science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from a young age to encourage them to carry this passion and knowledge into their chosen careers or further education," Mrs Davies
said.

"We know women are under-represented in STEM careers and programs like this will help the young girls of today to consider becoming future leaders in science and technology."

STEM X Play will be delivered in five NSW primary schools during the first semester of 2019 and is one of 14 projects to receive funding under the NSW Government's Investing in Women program.

"Gender stereotypes can deter girls from taking up STEM studies and careers as early as the first few years of primary school," said Associate Professor Arti Agrawal, Director of the UTS Women in Engineering and IT program.

"With our pilot primary school outreach, we'll co-design interactive STEM activities with students, parents and teachers in conjunction with our UTS students and industry professionals."

Investing in Women is an initiative of the NSW Government's Women's Strategy 2018- 2022, which funds projects that enhance economic participation and leadership opportunities for women and girls across the State.

For information, please visit www.women.nsw.gov.au, or for details on the UTS Women in Engineering and IT program, please visit www.wieit.uts.edu.au.

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