Dr Alan Finkel, Australia's Chief Scientist will perform the opening address and sit on the panel providing feedback to the STEM Girls about their innovations during the South East Region STEM Girls Innovation Evening to be held at QAHS this Thursday.
Year 10 students Lara Hulbert, Tanya Nagrani, Samah Rao, Sarah Rao and Year 11 student Olivia Reilly seized the opportunity to join the Virtual Design Challenge and will be presenting to the panel on their projects.
Jane McLaren, STEM Champion has been working with high school girls from schools in the South East Region reflecting on how Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Change, Food Security and Energy Security impact their community. Students participated in two leadership sessions delivered by Young Change Agents and funded through the Academy for Enterprising Girls which covered an introduction to design thinking through;
- Empathy mapping
- Problem definition
- Basic validation (what do we need to validate/early stage research)
- Team prototyping
Over the following months the STEM Girls linked with industry experts to validate and refine their ideas. The presentations are the culmination of four months' work and a celebration of optimistic innovation. The Keynote speaker for the event is Ms Doreen Anene, Animal Scientist and Founder of STEM Belles Nigeria, University of Nottingham.
The panel will include:
- Dr Alan Finkel Australia's Chief Scientist (virtual)
- Mr Oluwatosin Aberingibe Assistant Director Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Nigeria (virtual)
- Maggie Muurmans B. Science / PhD candidate and Coastal Community Engagement Program Manager, Griffith University (on-site)
- Mr Simon Barclay, Project Coordinator Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, Griffith University (on-site).
Mrs Vanessa Rebgetz