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Thanks to cultural and societal shifts prompted by the #BalanceforBetter movement, people around the world have taken today to celebrate the achievements of women, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.
International Women's Day (IWD) encourages everyone to shamelessly celebrate the progress we are making towards this vision. IWD is not just about women celebrating women's achievements, it is about including men in the conversation to reaffirm that together we are stronger; together we can balance for better and together we can change our world for the better.
Which brings us to your tough questions:
How will you help make a difference? How can you help forge a more gender-balanced world? What else can we be doing to reach this 2030 dream?
There is a saying at the popular Dream Big Events hosted by CQUni campuses: ‘doctors save lives every day, however, engineers prevent the need for lives to be saved‘. For schoolgirls Pia Vella and Chloe White, this saying had a big impact on how they perceived the influence of engineering in the world. The Students from Holy Spirit College in Mackay heard the saying when they attended the 2017 Dream Big Event in Mackay to explore career opportunities across the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The Students from Holy Spirit College in Mackay heard the saying when they attended the 2017 Dream Big Event in Mackay to explore career opportunities across the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The Dream Big Project is an initiative encouraging greater participation of women in STEM, and particularly in engineering. The annual Dream Big events are held throughout Queensland to ensure women STEM professionals are more visible to female school students throughout Queensland.
Before attending, the Holy Spirit students said they “never knew explicitly what engineering was” and that they didn’t come with any preconceptions. Pia expressed that she wasn’t aware of career opportunities other than civil engineering until the event allowed her to learn about the different types of engineering, such as civil, mechanical, electrical, mechatronics, environmental and many more.
Rockhampton has hosted another ‘Dream Big’ event designed to inspire teenage girls to strive for careers in the fields of science or technology. Dozens of female students enrolled in Years 10 to 12 attended the Dream Big activities at CQUniversity Rockhampton North campus, on Monday 19 March. CQUni graduate Jessica Kahl, who now works as a civil engineer for Aurecon in Brisbane, is the founder of Dream Big.
“Participants engaged in a fun marshmallow challenge, explored STEM subjects, took part in a series of team activities, heard from industry guest speakers, and got involved in a Future City Build Challenge led by prominent CQUni Alumnus Patrice Brown," Ms Kahl says.
“For two years running, the Dream Big Project has been awarded the CQUniversity Opal Award for Engaged Service Learning and Excellence and has received a ‘High Commendation’ under the Engineers Australia Gender Diversity Awards in 2015.
“We want to continue to inspire students to dream big and invite them to benefit from this fantastic initiative.”
Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow and Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson are pitching in to add veracity to this week's Dream Big campus tour.
Mayor Strelow took part in a 'Future City Build Design Jam' at Rockhampton North campus on Monday and Mayor Williamson is scheduled to contribute to Friday's event at Mackay Ooralea.
The Gladstone Marina and Bundaberg campuses also hosted Dream Big - a project which inspires teenage girls to consider engineering careers.
A total of 130 girls are participating in the 2017 Dream Big Project which includes female engineer guest speakers and activities such as 3D printing, Robot C programming, structure building, siege engine construction and a Future City Build Workshop.
“The metaphor that engineers can draw on a range of superhero powers to improve society in so many ways is a strong theme,” says Dream Big Project founder Jessica Kahl, who has been the driving force since the early stages of her engineering degree at CQUniversity.
Rockhampton will soon host another ‘Dream Big’ event, designed to inspire teenage girls to strive for careers in the fields of science or technology. The event is supported by CQUniversity and sponsored by the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland, the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Engineers Australia, and Aurecon. CQUni graduate Jessica Kahl, who now works as a civil engineer for Aurecon in Brisbane, is the founder of Dream Big. “We are looking forward to hosting dozens of girls at our Rockhampton Dream Big event,” Ms Kahl says. “They will engage in a fun marshmellow challenge, explore STEM subjects, take part in a series of team activities, hear from industry guest speakers, and take part in a future city build challenge.
The Dream Big Project recently teamed up with Aurecon to run a 'Design Jam' workshop, providing insights into how industry can better engage, overcome barriers and educate the next generation about exciting engineering opportunities.
The newly-refreshed and empowered project is now ready to tour to CQUniversity campuses in Bundaberg on March 1.
Local industry representatives and engineering students are encouraged to get involved.
The 2017 Dream Big Project includes female engineer guest speakers and activities such as 3D printing, Robot C programming, structure building, siege engine construction and a Future City Build Workshop.
"The metaphor that engineers can draw on a range of super hero powers to improve society in so many ways is a strong theme,” says Dream Big Project founder Jessica Kahl, who has been the driving force since the early stages of her engineering degree at CQUniversity.