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ANSTO invites girls to STEAM into science

Full steam ahead: The STEAM Club for Girls will run at ANSTO from next week. Picture: Supplied
Full steam ahead: The STEAM Club for Girls will run at ANSTO from next week. Picture: Supplied

A special girls-only science club to help encourage more females to consider a STEM career is being offered at ANSTO.

The STEAM Club for Girls is open to students in years 5 and 6 and will run after school at ANSTO's Discovery Centre in Lucas Heights on Thursdays for six weeks from May 6 to June 10.

Each session is from 4pm to 5.30pm and will focus on a different subject area.

The program combines engaging hands-on experiments and activities with inquiry-based learning to inspire curiosity and help support the development of problem-solving in girls.

Delivered by qualified female educators, the program offers a supportive environment to encourage girls to become confident and active learners.

STEM stars: ANSTO is supporting the Australian government's drive to attract more females to STEM careers. Julie Kettler and Jaylyn Newstead at a previous STEAM Club at ANSTO. Picture: Supplied

STEM stars: ANSTO is supporting the Australian government's drive to attract more females to STEM careers. Julie Kettler and Jaylyn Newstead at a previous STEAM Club at ANSTO. Picture: Supplied

New ANSTO chief executive Shaun Jenkinson encouraged girls interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) to register.

"This is all about encouraging and supporting girls to have confidence in these fields of study," Mr Jenkinson said

"It's a six-week after-school program in term two that combines hands-on experiments and activities with inquiry-based learning to inspire curiosity and help support the development of problem-solving skills."

ANSTO is supporting the Australian government's drive to attract more females to STEM careers.

It said offering a girls-only STEAM Club encouraged girls to become active in directing their own learning so they grow into confident learners.

The program also incorporates a tour of ANSTO's important science and engineering facilities where participants will have the opportunity to meet some of Australia's leading female scientists and engineers.

The STEAM Club for Girls builds on the success of a 20-week online STEAM Club program held last year.

Boys can take part in a the online STEAM Club.

Details: STEAM Club for Girls will be held at ANSTO's Discovery Centre, Lucas Heights. The cost is $100. Creative Kids vouchers are accepted. To register click here.