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Waratah Girls excel in HunterWiSE STEM program

Group photo of HunterWiSE participants

On Tuesday 1 November, a group of our Year 8 girls joined more than 100 students from local high schools at the University of Newcastle for the conclusion of the 2022 HunterWiSE Schools Outreach Program.

HunterWiSE aims to positively impact perceptions of STEM careers amongst school aged girls in order to increase overall participation in STEM by women.

During the 10-week program, our girls enjoyed a site visit to Newcastle University and worked in small groups, supported by a HunterWiSE mentor, to develop STEM-based solutions to local community problems.

On the final night of the program, participants presented their projects in research-style posters and pitched their solutions to industry judges. The judges’ scores recorded on the night were added to the poster scores to determine the overall winner.

We are thrilled to share that the ‘Outstanding Project’ was awarded to Callaghan College Waratah students Olivia, Grace, Addison and Jessica for their project 'Our New and Improved Bins’. This team was sponsored by Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group, and supported by mentor Elise Buller.

Judge’s comment: “This was a great end-to-end approach and used data and customer feedback to inform the solution. The pictorial and 3D printing test presents a compelling prototype. The thinking behind cost of the solution for ease benefit is seen by using crates to take to the local return and earn. The benefit goes to the school community rather than individuals which is highly inclusive and well thought through!”

Congratulations to all the our Waratah participants and thanks to Miss Johnston for your support!