Engaging Girls in STEM

Brett Moller

Ruyton Girls' School

Engaging girls in STEM and finding ways to help girls get excited about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics has been a challenge for many schools. At Ruyton we have developed a middle years program where girls have the opportunity to investigate various emerging technologies. Investigating STEM was a new unit this year, where girls were given the challenge to learn a wide range of skills while studying the way these skills were being used in innovative fields of research to help make our world a better place.

Research suggests that girls need to see a moral purpose to their study of STEM. This assists in engaging them in the teaching and learning of vital skills such as coding and design. During this course the girls participate in range of practical activities that help them develop basic digital skills. Through each of these practical activities, the girls are challenged to research where the specific technology is being used to make the world a better place.

The girls have programmed robots and drones, designed and printed Jewellery and immersed themselves in a virtual surgery.

We have seen immense interest from the girls as they have participated in this unit of work. The unit has proven the research correct and we are proud to say that many of our girls are excited about the possibility of STEM to better humanity.

The following link helps showcase the work from the girls throughout this unit.