STEAMpunk Girls, a program powered by the UTS Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Creative Intelligence Unit at UTS, is a unique interdisciplinary educational program working at the intersection of high schools, industry and the university. The program aims to empower young women aged 12 to 16 to be equipped for the future workforce by fostering the growth of an entrepreneurial mindset, and supporting young people to develop science, technology, engineering, arts, maths (STEAM) skills.
The STEAMpunk Girls pilot, which concluded in August 2017, saw 64 female high school students from across Sydney develop projects responding to problems in their community. Among projects were initiatives addressing gender inequality in high school through a themed podcast, a robotic smart bin to clean up schools, and promoting environmental interaction through outdoor learning.
The next phase of STEAMpunk Girls includes launching a collaborative teacher support and upskilling program to support educators to engage in STEAM and entrepreneurial education. UTS will continue to work with its partners CSIRO/Data61, ABC Splash and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences to support, inspire and engage educators and young women.
The next STEAMpunk Girls program will be in May 2018 and aims to empower even more young women in Sydney and scale into regional NSW with the support of industry, educators and government. UTS has received informal expressions of interest from over 100 teachers that want to engage with STEAMpunk Girls.
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