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300 students attend International Women’s Day annual STEM event

To celebrate International Women’s Day today, the Australian National Maritime Museum is hosting more than 300 high school girls for a day of hands-on activities and career-inspiring talks at its annual Women in STEM event.

The free event aims to offer a forum of ideas and experiences that showcase an array of STEM career opportunities, including marine industries and maritime fields, and encourages young women to consider choosing a career in a STEM-related field.

Students will hear from a range of inspiring women across a variety of STEM disciplines, including Phoebe Gunter (Google), Sally Hurst (Found A Fossil), Mariana Mayer Pinto (Living Seawalls), Nour Manafikhi (Macquarie University), Suki Jaiswal (UNSW), Megan Smith (‘Daffodil Centre’ of Cancer Council NSW and the University of Sydney), Erin Roger (Atlas of Living Australia), Varsha Bubathi (Microsoft), Heather Berry (Silentworld Foundation), and many more.

The International Women’s Day event will also provide students the opportunity to meet with representatives from notable universities, tertiary institutions, and employers within STEM fields, to discuss career pathways and opportunities, and gain exposure to the plethora of opportunities available to upcoming women in STEM.

Included in this Careers Expo are institutions such as ANSTO, TAFE NSW, Refraction Media, Sydney Water Corp, UTS, Living Seawalls, University of Tasmania, UNSW, Atlas of Living Australia, and Macquarie University.

Head of Education Dr Mathew Sloane said the Maritime Museum is proud to have hosted this special event for many years.

“It showcases the diversity of STEM career opportunities for young women with insights from inspiring female role models who have studied and worked in these fields. It truly is an inspiring day for all involved”.

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