Enterprise + STEM: Encouraging girls to imagine boundless entrepreneurial opportunities

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A team of academics have created an online educational resource “ENTERPRISE + STEM” to help girls imagine their potential futures through educational materials and showcasing talented women who have turned their passion for STEM into enterprising careers.

Readers can download the teaching cases and videos here.

Associate Professor Naomi Birdthistle from Griffith University, along with colleagues, Associate Professor Therese Keane (Swinburne University), Dr Bronwyn Eager (UTAS) and Dr Tanya Linden (UTAS), has recently completed the year-long research project funded by the Invergowrie Foundation in Melbourne, Victoria. The aim of the project was to tackle the issue of under-participation and under-representation of females in the Australian STEM sector. To achieve this, the project team created a series of educational resources for teachers in high schools in Victoria. In addition, a knowledge-based train-the-trainer course for teachers, focused on resource delivery in the classroom, was given to over 30 teachers in urban and rural Victoria. The project team also created a series of case studies featuring women who’ve combined their STEM backgrounds with enterprise skills to realise their dreams, and hopefully inspire students to do the same.

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