The problem to solve
We need to inspire girls at a young age to see the potential in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics fields. Part of that is creating role models in the space sector that the girls can relate to.
The second part of the problem is retaining women in STEM fields throughout their careers, which means stopping the leaky pipeline that is so common. It is not enough to talk about record enrolment in engineering or computer science courses in university. A wider perspective is necessary.
Women, space and the world.
It is our opinion that by working together – we can build an amazing future for our youth in the emerging space industry. By collaboration and global outreach, we can inspire our communities to view a space STEM career as one to strive towards and achieve. To do this – we need to change perceptions in our community. How do we do this? Community outreach on a global scale. The northern and southern hemispheres combine to demonstrate what the theme of Expo means – ‘Connecting minds, creating a future together’. What better way than the time of Expo in Dubai – where the whole world is gathering?
The Connecting Minds Project
Australian and UAE educators will work collaboratively to develop and trial space Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching strategies and workshops with groups of girls in their respective schools. Their innovative approaches and initiatives will be targeted at building new networks and linkages across countries and cultures. The aim is to build capability and capacity of girls to improve the uptake of space STEM careers. At the Dubai EXPO in January, opportunities will be provided for UAE teachers and students to showcase the outcomes of their collaborations whilst Australian educators are able to deliver virtual presentations.
Projects will be published and available to all participants. It is envisaged that this program will expand with the intention to physically visit each other’s schools and countries when international travel is allowable and financial support is attained.