Webinar inspires girls

Year 11 student Nhu Dang Le also took part in the webinar. Photo by Damjan Janevski. 215561_01

Jessica Micallef

Ten students from Sunbury Downs College took a learning experience to infinity and beyond.

Through it’s partnership with RMIT University, the Sunbury college offered 10 girls from years 9 to 12 an opportunity to be part of the Women at NASA Leadership and Success in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) webinar last week.

The students heard from three leading women who work at NASA, who shared their stories about how they came to work at the organisation and the obstacles they had to overcome.

Year 11 student Evie Van Emmerik attended the webinar and said the event was a real eye-opener into the STEMM field.

“There was a lot of discussion about how to make the best of the opportunities you are given by joining clubs and doing internships, and also how to make the best out of any challenges you come across,“ she said.

“I love learning all the new and amazing things about the world, how everything works and the complex systems we take for granted.“

Evie said it was encouraging to know that women have succeeded in an industry that is known to be male-dominated.

“I am interested in entering the STEMM field so it was really inspiring to see these women who have so clearly succeeded in it,“ she said.

“To see them and know that they have had experiences that led them there was really encouraging.