New digital platform to encourage female students into STEM

The federal government will launch a digital educational toolkit to encourage Australian girls to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The Girls in STEM Toolkit will be developed and delivered by Education Services Australia next year, and will reportedly help school-age girls understand the diverse range of STEM careers available to them.

Featuring articles, case studies, and practical resources for practical resources for students, educators, career counsellors and families, the toolkit will be launched on a new digital platform.

Education Services Australia is a national not-for-profit company owned by the state, territory and Australian Government education ministers.

Federal industry, science and technology minister, Karen Andrews, said that increased female participation in STEM would make Australia’s research, scientific and business capability stronger.

“Australia’s future success depends on us developing and encouraging the next generation of scientists, problem solvers and leaders – regardless of their gender, background or any other factor,” Andrews said.

“By providing our girls studying STEM with information and encouragement to stick with it, we will help them achieve their full potential as scientists, innovators or entrepreneurs.”

The toolkit was funded in the federal government’s 2018-19 Budget, which included $4.5 million for programmes to encourage more women to pursue STEM education and careers.