The University of Technology Sydney has developed STEAMpunk Girls, an educational program that introduces young women (ages 12-16) to the science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths (STEAM) industries.
STEAMpunk Girls recognises Australia’s need for graduates with cross-disciplinary skills and entrepreneurial mindsets.
It will expose young women to transdisciplinary education and show them how knowledge and technology from across the STEAM areas can be used to reframe and solve problems.
Students will engage in problem-based learning, introducing them to STEAM, entrepreneurship, and technical skills.
“Women are underrepresented in leadership roles across the workforce and particularly in the STEM fields,” said Monique Potts, Deputy Director of the UTS Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Creative Intelligence Unit.
“We aim to empower young women and give them agency to carve out their own careers. We want them to be able to imagine new possibilities and envision a future where they are working in jobs that don’t exist yet.”
The program will be officially launched by UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs on May Day, Monday 1 May 2017, with the pilot running from May 2017 until August 2017.
The event will feature a panel of three young women from Sydney high schools who were involved in the design of the program.
Professor Brungs said UTS was forging new directions in transdisciplinary education to prepare young people for a future with transitory careers.
“The nature of work is fundamentally changing and universities have a critical role to play in innovation in Australia by skilling and equipping the workforce of the future,” he said.
“It is critical that policy makers, educators, and industry step up to support young people to succeed in this changing environment and help maximise their entrepreneurial spirit.”
STEAMpunk Girls will build on existing UTS programs, such as the UTS:Hatchery, an extra-curricular program that helps students develop entrepreneurial mindsets, and creative and critical thinking skills.