Program encourages young women to consider a career in engineering

ENGINEERING: Iuliia Orieshyna and Indigo Lister, and at back Jess Suringa, Charlise Bode and Neesha Ward, with a turbine model they made.

ENGINEERING: Iuliia Orieshyna and Indigo Lister, and at back Jess Suringa, Charlise Bode and Neesha Ward, with a turbine model they made.

CHARLES Sturt University highlighted the Power of Engineering for young women interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as a future career.

Located in the award-winning Engineering building and run by CSU Engineering, The Power of Engineering welcomed 250 female students from Years 8 to 10 in high schools across the central west.

Lecturer in engineering, Dr Andrea Goncher, said the participants saw the opportunities that a career in engineering or science can offer over the two-day program.

"Last year's event was a runaway success, and we are looking forward to inspiring the next generation of women engineers for our region, Australia and the world," Dr Goncher said.

The day-long program provided real-world science and engineering problems for the students to solve while demonstrating the importance of collaborative work and human-centred design.

"One of the challenges of recruiting young women into engineering is helping them to see themselves as engineers," Dr Goncher said.

"By giving them real-world challenges to solve, and female engineer role models to guide them while they do so, we help these young women see that there is a future for them in a STEM career,” Dr Goncher added.

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