What is Techtrails?
Do you want to know more about all of the exciting careers in technology?
With so many careers to consider, we know it can be overwhelming to start on your career journey. Techtrails aims to demystify jobs in technology and science, and showcase the skills needed for your future in STEM.
As well as our school incursions where you get to meet amazing women working in technology, we also have a range of resources to help you explore these careers right now!
In Techtrails Online you can hear from a range of inspiring role models who tell you about their careers and the choices they made to get where they are now.
Whatever your dream or passion we hope you take something away with you today to get you started on your own ‘Techtrail’.
The Techtrails Toolkit
Our online toolkit features an expansive list of STEM & Future jobs, from Robot Ethicist to Quantum Computer Programmer.
Simply choose the subjects and/or personality traits that you most enjoy and find out what career of the future could be yours!
This initiative sees the Techtrails STEM & Future Skills experience move into the digital world creating a “self-serve” experience for students, educators and career influencers.
Techtrails Online is a series of digital modules featuring links to future careers and video content showcasing inspiring female STEM role models.
Although accessible by all, this exciting new initiative has been designed to inspire especially young women and girls for a future in STEM, and give them the opportunity to explore where these skills could take them. For more details have a look at our Digital Resources page.
Meet Some of Our Presenters
Alyshia Gatani Techtrails Presentation - Robots: Success is fun, and failure is funnyAs Technology Coordinator, Alyshia writes shows and workshops for Scitech and delivers them to schools all over WA. She is also the coordinator of WA’s RoboCup Junior State Event, which is like the Olympics, but with robots! Her job involves working with robots, drones, AI, VR, and she occasionally gets to light things on fire! It’s all about inspiring others to get excited about science and technology.
Alyshia studied teaching, and when working for a home cinema company, she was asked to learn how to “fix people’s internet.” She then studied an online course in routing and switching, and to her surprise, she LOVED it! Alyshia never thought she would end up in a career in technology, as she was always interested in traditionally “creative” subjects. Since working with robotics and coding, making, designing and engineering - she has discovered just how wonderfully creative it is. If Alyshia thinks of something she wants to do, she can just learn how to do it online and go and build it! It’s very empowering - so she feels the need to share that with everyone.
Alyshia has always been incredibly curious, and she loves helping people, so for her, a career in technology means that she is constantly learning new things, but also fixing problems and discovering solutions that help others. It’s a great balance because it uses both creative and logical thinking. What Alyshia loves most about her job, is getting to work with kids from all over WA. Having the opportunity to visit some of WA’s most remote communities, sharing knowledge and inspiring curiosity is very rewarding.
When she is not tinkering with electronics, she loves hanging out with her cat Tonks, listening to loads of electronic music for her radio show on RTRFM and right now she is learning how not to stack it while playing street roller hockey.
Jenna Hounslow Techtrails Presentation - How do Fitbits help us see how animals behave underwater?Jenna is passionate about inspiring others to protect and conserve our natural world; the wild and all its curious treasures fascinate her. Jenna’s journey has taken some turns, having lived between Western Australia and rural England.
After completing high school in the UK, Jenna travelled Australia for some time. She started her bachelor’s degree in environmental science by correspondence from the middle of the desert in the Goldfields of WA, but she moved to Perth to be nearer the ocean. She went on to complete honours in marine science at Murdoch University with no doubt by then that she would pursue a career in research and started her PhD at Murdoch University in 2019.
So far, her research focusing on the behaviour of marine megafauna has enabled Jenna to travel to remote, pristine and special places with incredible biodiversity including beautiful coral atolls in Seychelles and the rugged Kimberley coast of Australia.
The thing she loves the most about her role is that it has so much variety; sleeping in swags under the stars near Ningaloo, days out on the boat to find sea turtles, analysing data using specialist software or travelling to conferences around the world to find out about other people’s research.
Tina Zhang Techtrails Presentation - Science communication can take you to wonderful placesTina grew up with broad interests in both the Arts and the Sciences. Eager to learn all that she could, she completed a double Bachelors Degree in European Languages and Chemical Engineering. She then went on to pursue a PhD in nanotechnology, creating and testing a range of new materials for drug delivery.
After an early career working in research labs and lecture halls, she is now a science communicator, utilising her scientific knowledge as well as her creative side to inform, engage and inspire the public on current findings in science. She has recently worked as a science presenter at Australia’s largest planetarium at Scitech, and for the UWA Girls in Engineering program which was nominated for an Australian Museum Eureka Prize this year. She now works for OceanWorks at UWA, engaging communities on current marine science and engineering issues, from coral bleaching to coastal erosion to offshore renewable energy solutions.
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