WE USE DESIGN THINKING TO HELP STUDENTS UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENT CAREER PATHWAYS IN STEAM.
Our events were created show you what Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) really means in your world. That's why we have teamed up with inspirational leaders, researchers and educators to provides an experience like no other - an engagement with practical activities designed to enhance your capability for the future. We have collaborated with leaders in the industry to design programs which increase the engagement, aspiration and ability of students looking to pursue a STEAM career.
“Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back” Our Managing Director, Jessica Kahl is proud to have had the opportunity to speak on a panel for Department of State Development today as part of International Women’s Week, representing Aurecon and Dream Big Australia.
She was able to contribute to an exciting conversation about the future of manufacturing, flexible working and big data, played a part in inspiring school students to pursue a career in STEAM.
November 20th 2018 marked the official day Energy Queensland partnered with Dream Big Australia. The Brisbane event was themed around the Government’s 2030 renewable target and gave the students an opportunity to experience design thinking with respect to the future of ‘Energy’ and ‘Sustainability’. The students were exposed to informative discussions about the changing face of energy including the importance of renewables in our future.
The students also heard from EQ graduates who inspired them and explained that a career pathway in STEM is not linear. The events have become an engaging platform to support student' exposure and empowering experiences to increase their aspiration and participation in STEM, and ultimately dream big!
The 2018 event was held in Rockhampton. We were very excited to make the STEM experience as epic as possible for our local female school local students through a number of innovative and technical activities such as the marshmello challenge, humanitarian engineering, bridge building, autonomous vehicles, LED light and Future City Build activities. We also introduced the students to a number of speakers within the region including Patrice Brown, Telstra Business Woman of the year in 2016 for Entrepreneurship.
Students said the experience "widened their perspective on engineering" and that they can apply the knowledge they heard from women in the industry to "believe in myself more". We are proud to have to played a small role on shaping the perspective of STEM for our future generations and their careers aspirations.
In 2017, Dream Big embarked on a state-wide tour. Over 130 female school students were inspired by the facilitators, Jessica Kahl and Abby Carolan. The Dream Big tour visited Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg and Mackay to reinforce the importance of following your dreams, and connect students with local professionals and the decision makers in their home cities.
In 2016, Dream Big received support from Aurecon to facilitate a Dream Big Design Jam with Brisbane school girls and technical directors to break down STEM biases and stereotypes. The students, engineers and industry clients participated in the design thinking workshop and ideas blitz which provided insights into discipline types, the impact engineers have on society and how the industry can better engage and educate their generation about engineering opportunities.
In 2016, the annual Dream Big Event was extended through video link from Rockhampton to Gladstone, Bundaberg and Mackay to connect 72 students across the state in STEM activities. The Dream Big Project was also awarded the CQUniversity Opal Award for Engaged Service Learning and Excellence in Engagement for the second year in the row.
In 2015, the first Dream Big Event was held at the CQUniversity Rockhampton North Campus with 25 female school students. The event’s focus was on creating one-on-one experiences with working professionals, so that students felt confident about pursuing the career of engineering. After the first event, the Dream Big Project was awarded a ‘High Commendation’ under the Engineers Australia Gender Diversity Awards and the CQUniversity Opal Award for Engaged Service Learning and Excellence in Engagement. We want to continue to inspire students to dream big.