Get­ting girls out in field

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ONLY about 10 per cent of all Aus­tralian en­gi­neers are women, which Girls in En­gi­neer­ing co-or­di­na­tor Sa­man­tha Bick­ell wants to see change.

The pro­gram, run through the Uni­ver­sity of WA, is teach­ing girls across Perth that en­gi­neer­ing is a broad field that can be a re­ward­ing ca­reer.

Methodist Ladies’ Col­lege stu­dents were the lat­est to hear from Ms Bick­ell with the help of UWA en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent and MLC old girl Jodie Koh.

The pro­gram is also be­ing run at St Hilda’s Angli­can School for Girls, Perth Col­lege and other schools around Perth.

Ms Bick­ell said the pro­gram aimed to change the way girls thought about en­gi­neer­ing.

“There is def­i­nitely room for more women in en­gi­neer­ing,” she said.

“A lot of girls don’t re­alise what en­gi­neers do – they are prob­lem­solvers. It’s been re­ally pos­i­tive.”

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MLC Year 7 stu­dents Amy Ban­tock and Em­i­lie Eng­land with UWA en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent Jodie Koh.

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