‘Girls on Track’ STEM Program – Phillip Island

A cohort of GWSC girls from Year 7 recently participated in the ‘FiA’ Motorsport Australia ‘Girls on Track’ STEM program during the Shannon’s Motorsport Australia Championships, which were contested at the Phillip Island Circuit.

The ‘Girls on Track’ initiative aims to connect girls who are willing to spark change, showcase leading female role models who work in STEM focused industries including motorsports, whilst inspiring the next generation to explore all of the opportunities that are available to women in motor sport and STEM related fields.

Our girls were engaged in a range of unique motorsport experiences, STEM challenges and exciting workshops that were run by leading female drivers, engineers, mechanics, administrators and managers of national motorsport teams. They even had the unique opportunity to meet professional race car drivers, including Supercars legend Fabian Coulthard. The ‘Girls on Track’ participants were also put through their paces in a pit stop pressure test, raced model F1 cars in the coding and robotics challenge, broadcast a live motorsports media cross, navigated their way around the Daytona International Speedway behind the wheel of an immersive VR motion simulator, whilst also competing in F1 driver reaction time and fitness testing challenges.

All of our students had a great time throughout this ‘Girls on Track’ STEM Program at the Phillip Island Circuit, learning more about possible opportunities, pathways and future careers that are available to them within the motorsport industry. Thank-you to all of the Year 7 girls who participated in this special program, you all represented yourselves, your families and our College community with great distinction. We can’t wait to see what STEM-related pathways you all follow in the future! Special thanks also to Mr Robinson and Mrs Wu for organising and supervising this STEM excursion. #STEMisEVERYWHERE!