Female participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

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Project Details


The challenge
For decades there have been few women working in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Studies have indicated there are many complex reasons behind this such as stereotypes, bias, and lack of support.
To overcome this challenge, a national effort to improve gender equity and support career paths in STEM has been rolling out across Australia in recent years. The Australian Government’s strategy for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) aims to increase gender equity in STEM education and careers.
Two guiding frameworks, the Australian Government’s Advancing Women in STEM strategy (Strategy), and the Women in STEM Decadal Plan (Decadal Plan), were released. These frameworks set out the government and sector’s respective commitments to improving gender equity in STEM in Australia.
The Australian government will lead and support action in three areas:
• enabling STEM potential through education;
• supporting women in STEM careers; and
• making women in STEM visible.

What we’re doing
As part of this national effort to improve gender equity and support career paths in STEM, the Northern Institute (NI) in partnership with the NT Government, Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, are working on a program to increase female participation in STEM.
To strengthen the focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in Northern Territory’s children and youth, NI/CDU will provide STEM programs and activities, specifically aimed at female youths.
CDU will provide current and future CDU female students with:
1. experience and participation in tailored, appropriate, effective STEM activities (e.g. STEM camps, Research Projects, visiting STEM activities etc.) to inspire interest in STEM; and
2. pathways for females to study STEM at CDU.

The program will also aim to incorporate or be integrated with stimulating entrepreneurship in females, as well as support and promote projects on women in STEM.

How it helps
To date, the program has identified several projects/ activities which would benefit from the support of this incentive and aligns with the Australian government’s three action areas.
Women in Science: A Dual Academy Project - A series of workshops to explore the potential of Indigenous knowledge in Higher Education, in which both Western and Indigenous knowledge systems are acknowledged equally. The project aims to promote women science and entrepreneurship in Northern Australia.
Engineering Education and Professional Learning and Teaching Pathways for Indigenous Women - This project aims to explore opportunities for learning and teaching experiences in Engineering to Indigenous women in remote, regional and urban communities.
Kakadu Plum Project - Trainings are provided to young Indigenous women across the harvesting, processing, storage, manufacturing and marketing of Kakadu plum products.
Joint STEM activity with Inspiring Australia - Joint activity on Indigenous STEM projects for students in remote areas.
Joint STEM activity with Children’s University - Joint activity on STEM projects with Children’s University.
Effective start/end date1/07/1931/05/21