Inspiring female students on International Women's Day

The 8th of March every year is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate women and their achievements. To coincide with such an inspiring day, the CHOOSEMATHS team held an event at IMAX Melbourne for female students in years 9 to 12. Ms Kelly Salpietro and Ms Louise Gaynor took 12 female students to this event and Victoria Lewis in Year 9 has written an account of the day.


 

On the 8th of March, twelve female students from year nine, ten and eleven attended the AMSI’s International Women’s Day Choose Maths Event. The Australian Maths and Science Institute is a collaborative unit of the nation’s universities, professional businesses and government agencies that seeks to integrate research, education and industry involvement to deliver mathematical and statistical capability and provide a strong base for national innovation. This event was an eye opening experience where we heard some inspiring stories from the guest speakers, learnt about the exciting future of women in maths and met some amazing people.  



We got there and the event kicked off with a survey and goodie bags with all sorts of fun stuff inside. I mean who would’ve thought of a triangle highlighter? The two and a half hour session was very interesting and engaging. We learnt about the CHOOSEMATHS project and the importance of women choosing maths for Australia’s future. The encouraging speeches presented by the ambassadors highlighted the importance of women in maths and letting them know that they can do anything. They are just as qualified, just as smart, just as skilled as many men and can do anything that they want. Whether that be curing a disease, creating a new program or dancing, it is a success. 


Yes, maths can get difficult and challenging but that’s exactly what makes it so great, the ability to persevere and work hard helps you get through the challenges you face in life. The problem solving skills help us analyse data and explore new possibilities of our future.


 


Throughout the event, we heard from inspirational ambassadors like Alan Duffy, Saskia Freytag, Lyndal Henden, Karin Ditchfield. Their fascinating stories of what maths means to them how it can help us in our futures helped us learn about the careers and future of STEM. Women are still under-represented in the STEM professions and this wonderful event gave us the opportunity to gain insight into the power of women helping solving our world’s problems.


Victoria Lewis & Khushi Malhotra -Year 9

 

 




The careers event brought together almost 400 girls from 14 different schools  in and around Melbourne. 

Students were shown the first seven CHOOSEMATHS careers videos, which looked incredible on the world’s largest screen, and heard from some of our inspiring careers ambassadors, including new ambassadors Alan Duffy and Lesley West.

 
CHOOSEMATHS Careers Ambassadors Tim Fist, Cassie Windsor, Karin Ditchfield, Lyndal Henden, Lesley West, Alan Duffy, Cassie Pennicuik and Saskia Freytag, with videographer Filip Laureys
CHOOSEMATHS Careers Ambassadors Tim Fist, Cassie Windsor, Karin Ditchfield, Lyndal Henden, Lesley West, Alan Duffy, Cassie Pennicuik and Saskia Freytag, with videographer Filip Laureys

Thank you to the staff at IMAX Melbourne for their invaluable assistance on the day, particularly in getting 400 CHOOSEMATHS bags onto the seats before the students arrived!

You can read about the day the The Australian.

 

 
 
 

 

 

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