Ocean Reef SHS hosts Techtrails event to encourage students to consider tech and science careers

Pia Turcinov (chair Women in Technology WA), Karon Brookes (principal Ocean Reef Senior High School) and John Burke (principal Belridge Senior College). Picture: Martin Kennealey d475124
Trevor Dunstan from Kinetic IT at Ocean Reef Senior High School. Picture: Martin Kennealey d475124
Pia Turcinov (chair Women in Technology WA), Karon Brookes (principal Ocean Reef Senior High School) and John Burke (principal Belridge Senior College). Picture: Martin Kennealey d475124 Trevor Dunstan from Kinetic IT at Ocean Reef Senior High School. Picture: Martin Kennealey d475124

OCEAN Reef Senior High School recently held a Techtrails event with guest speakers encouraging students to consider careers in technology and science.

Women in Technology WA (WiTWA) presented the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and future skills incursion to more than 120 Year 9 students from Ocean Reef SHS and Belridge Secondary College.

“WiTWA is a Perth-based, not for profit organisation which inspires young people to learn STEM skills and consider technology as a stimulating and viable profession,” teacher Maggie Glover said.

“They are also passionate about raising the status of women in Australian business and technology industries through open conversation, debate, networking and professional development.

“The incursions are presented to both female and male students, emphasising the importance of positive female role modelling of women in STEM careers to all genders.”

Mrs Glover said a group of professionals, industry experts and entrepreneurs spoke to the students.

“Students rotated through eight different sessions which provided them with knowledge to explore the myriad of exciting careers available in WA and the world,” she said.

STEM and Techtrails co-chairwoman Pia Turcinov and project coordinator Chailee Richards organised the event, and speakers included Kinetic IT’s Trevor Dunstan, WA Museum’s Alex Hickling, Nikki Foster and Para O’Kelly from Thoughtworks.

Hilary Goh from Mine Vision Systems, Shell Australia’s Jessica Kemp, Lakshini Weerasekera from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Scitech’s Kirsten Flint and Ellie Sansom from Fireballs in the Sky also presented.

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