In October, the WiTWA team brought our techtrails STEM & Future Skills Incursion to Ocean Reef SHS (www.oceanreef.wa.edu.au), where we presented to 150+ year 9 students from Ocean Reef SHS and Belridge Secondary College. For this incursion we had another fantastic and inspirational group of STEM professionals, industry experts and entrepreneurs meet the students and share their stories and experiences. Thank you to all who made this event possible, and especially to our generous group of STEM professionals for making themselves available and agreeing to share their personal techtrail stories to inspire the next generation:
- Lakshini Weerasekera, Harry Perkin Institute for Medical Research
- Alex Hickling, WA Museum
- Nikki Foster & Para O'Kelly, Thoughtworks
- Hilary Goh, Mine Vision Systems
- Kirsten Flint, Scitech
- Jessica Kemp, Shell Australia
- Ellie Sansom, Desert Fireball Network
- Trevor Dunstan, Kinetic IT
The students from both schools were an absolutely pleasure to meet and all staff involved made the occasion a seamless and fun day. Our special thanks to Karon Brooks, Principal of Ocean Reef SHS, Maggie Glover, VET and Workplace Learning Coordinator Ocean Reef SHS, Warren Smith, Deputy Principal Ocean Reef SHS, as well as John Burke, Principal Belridge Secondary College and Liz Cassidy, Technology and Enterprise, Belridge Secondary College.
We would also like to acknowledge the support provided by the Australian Government enabling us to deliver techtrails throughout 2017.