The United Nations’ International Day of Women and Girls in Science was celebrated globally on Tuesday 11 February 2020. The Office of the Qld Chief Scientist, in collaboration with Science and Technology Australia and the Qld Department of Education, hosted a state-wide morning event to celebrate and recognise the amazing work that women and girls contribute to science.
Amanda Kilgour, STEM champion from our Darling Downs Regional Office Department of Education, co-ordinated a livestream of this event at Centenary Heights State High School. Twenty-five aspiring female students across Years 9 to 11 from our school along with Science teacher Kerryn Asmus participated in a breakfast followed by a panel discussion. Students were able to hear from inspiring young women working in varied areas of Science along with a brief from the Qld Chief Scientist about science careers and how they make a difference in our communities.
Students were encouraged to seek opportunities to further explore their interest, engagement and participation in Science-related experiences. Centenary Heights State High School supports these valuable opportunities such as student participation in the UQ Science Ambassadors Program, Science Week, Girls in STEM camps, QIMR Workshops, National Youth Science Forums and other related activities and encourages to students be involved and to speak with key staff to explore other science related opportunities.