PRIMARY school girls were shown the importance of problem solving using science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at a day camp.
Ashdale Secondary College invited Year 4, 5 and 6 students from Madeley, Ashdale and Landsdale primary schools to the STEM Girls Day Camp as part of a new initiative.
The students worked with 10 mentors from STEM industries and education facilities as well as Ashdale Secondary College’s principal, STEM coordinators, teaching staff and student leaders.
They learnt about the issue of minimal tree and shade coverage in Perth’s newer suburbs and came up with solutions to issues such as higher energy costs because of higher temperatures, air and noise pollution and lack of habitat for wildlife.
School communications coordinator Leisa Aitken said the aim of the camp was to “demonstrate the importance of STEM and the positive impact girls can have”.
“The mentors came from STEM-related careers including engineering, urban planning, geology and scientific research and volunteered their time as they understood the importance of inspiring girls at a young age to have an interest in STEM, therefore increasing their opportunity to be part of a diverse and changing workforce in the future.”