Ten GWSC girls from Year 7 were recently invited to attend a special STEM based excursion at the Supercars Championship ‘SuperSprint’ at Sandown International Motor Raceway, as part of the ‘FiA’ Motorsport Australia ‘Girls on Track’ program.
The ‘Girls on Track’ initiative aims to grow interest in STEM subjects and industries amongst school girls with the goal of increasing female participation in these sectors, using motorsport as a tool to expose them to the incredible pathways and careers on offer. The program also connects girls who are willing to spark change with leading female role models from a variety of motorsports, inspiring the next generation to smash preconceptions and prejudices allowing them to better understand the opportunities that are available to women in 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 driver Molly Taylor, who was the first woman and youngest person ever to win the Australian Rally Championship. The ‘Girls on Track’ participants were also put through their paces in a pit stop pressure test, experienced a VIP tour of the Erebus Motorsport garage and Pit Lane, raced model F1 cars in the coding and robotics challenge, broadcast a live motorsport media cross, navigated their way around an international race track 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, 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 our College with great distinction. We can’t wait to see what STEM-related careers you all forge into the future! Special thanks also to Mrs Kilner and Mr Robinson for organising and supervising this exciting excursion for our future STEM leaders!