Jan 10, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

In its push to overcome cultural and institutional factors that impede women in STEM, the Australian government recently granted 24 organizations $3.9 million towards projects that encourage girls and women to pursue STEM studies.  According to the Prime Minister of Australia’s website, this initiative is only round one of the disbursement of $8 million for Women in Stem, under that National Innovation and Science Agenda.  This initial round of funding will support an array of projects, ranging in scope from primary school girls, to post-graduates, to women already in STEM careers, and encouraging entrepreneurship in STEM.  Applications for the second round will open in 2017. 

Some exciting projects? James Cook University received funding to develop “She Flies Drone Camps: Building Northern Australia’s Drone Ecosystem,” which will focus on teaching high school girls about drones. Murdoch University will sponsor Showcase Days on STEM careers for young women in high school. RMIT will offer workshops and mentoring to young women in high school so that they can practice hands-on STEM projects and learn more about STEM careers.  The University of Southern Queensland will sponsor Women in Rural Enterprise, or WiRE, which will develop entrepreneurship among women in rural, remote Southern Queensland.  At the University of Sydney, high school students will have the opportunity to talk with scientists and PhD students through the Arc Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) classroom program.  CAASTRO will emphasize working with young women in high school.  The University of Wollongong will sponsor a 5-day “Festival of STEM,” focusing on the importance of female scientists. 

Learn more about Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Grant Recipients in Australia.   

 

 

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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