A program for female high school students, contributing towards gender parity in engineering and IT disciplines. For girls from Australia with an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Inspire your female students about the exciting possibilities of Engineering and IT through our Girl Power program, including a three-night camp at the University of Melbourne, work experience and mentoring opportunities.About the program
Stage 1: Year 9 students
Commencing in Year 9 (though for this year the camp will be run for years 9 and 10 in January 2021), 40 students are selected to participate in the camp during the January term holidays, where they will have the opportunity to:
Learn about careers in Engineering and IT
Participate in hands-on interactive workshops
Interact with University of Melbourne engineering and IT students
Hear from industry and our academic staff about engineering and IT issues
Form a network of likeminded individuals
While we hope to offer the camp on-campus, we will following government guidelines about the viability of an on-campus event.
Stage 2: Year 10 students
In the second stage of the program, Year 10 students will have the opportunity to complete the Faculty of Science work experience program and can choose from a range of disciplines including engineering and IT. This week is the final week of term 2. Students applying for Girl Power should check with their schools to see if this date is suitable for their work experience program.
Stage 3: Year 11 & 12 students
The final stage of the program facilitates mentoring opportunities between Year 11 and 12 students, and University of Melbourne engineering and IT students.
The female student camp will run from Sunday 17 January until Wednesday 20 January 2021.
Students will arrive and register on Sunday 17 January until Wednesday 20 January 2021.
The program is free of charge and will include 3 nights’ accommodation, all meals and workshops during the camp.
Accommodation will be at Trinity College, University of Melbourne.
Dietary requirements will be catered for and students will need to provide this information as part of the application process.
There is a maximum of 40 female students selected to participate in the program in 2020/21. To participate in the subsequent stages of the program, students must have participated in the Girl Power in Engineering and IT camp whilst in year 9.
All applications need to be submitted online.
Program is open only to students in Year 9.
Student applications will be reviewed and short telephone interviews will be conducted for those shortlisted (these can be conducted with a guardian, parent or teacher present with the student).
Shortlisted candidates will need to supply a letter of support from their School Principal supporting their application.
Successful applicants will be notified in early November.
Applicants will be asked to address the following selection criteria:
A keen interest in maths and science with a desire to explore engineering or IT as a career
Well-developed communication and relationship building skills which will enable you to act as an ambassador for STEM and for the Girl Power program at your School (if selected, the student will be asked to demonstrate evidence of their initiative to the University)
Strong critical thinking skills, with an ability to see and describe the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to society
Demonstrated experience working collaboratively as part of a team
Ability to with initiative and be self-motivated and driven
Ability to demonstrate a broad range of interests and involvement in extracurricular activities
Proven leadership skills.Being part of an established network (ie. school clubs, teams) that you are willing to share ideas with
They will need to upload a letter of reference from their school principal or delegate. The delegate will need to address the following:
Why are you recommending this student?
What is your relationship with this student?
How long have you known this student?
How do you think this student will benefit from the program over other students?
Can you give an example of when this student has demonstrated an interest in STEM?
Application deadline has been extended until Friday 24 October 2020 at 11.59pm.
Year 9 or Year 10 Students, Girls
4-Years STEM Journey with Univeristy of Melbourne, access to resources, workshops, and social events.