Superbots Industry Immersion Program inspires girls in STEM
Author Loren Dela Cruz
Date 5 April 2023
ADM+S Associate Investigator Prof Yolande Strengers has co-designed a course in collaboration with Monash Tech School, the Faculty of Information Technology (IT) and Women in Voice ANZ Chapter which empowers Year 7 to 9 girls to explore real-world pathways and future-focused options in the IT industry.
The Superbots Industry Immersion Program invites girls in years 7 to 9 to design, build and visualise their own interactive voicebot with guidance from Monash University experts and mentors from Women in Voice Network and TalkViaOne.
The two-day program aims to address the diversity crisis in computing disciplines by capturing the hearts and minds of girls before they have made important subject selections.
“It’s in that crucial year 7 to 9 cohort where young girls were either turning away from or turning towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths),” said Prof Strengers in a recent interview with ABC News.
With mentors and activities showing students the breadth of skills needed in STEM jobs, the program encourages participants to keep their options open to new and evolving study and career opportunities.
Loren Dela Cruz
Communications and Engagement Manager