School activities and visits

School activities

An important part of the Women in Engineering Initiative is raising the awareness of engineering as a potential career option among girls. A large factor in the historical under-representation of women in the field is the perception that engineering is a “man’s job", involving hard hats, physical labour and heavy machinery.

In fact, engineering is an extraordinarily diverse field that requires people skills, creativity, problem-solving and management skills. Engineers often find themselves in design, management and consultancy roles, to which many women find themselves well-suited. There are engineers making a difference in medical science, environmental stewardship, world health and energy innovation.



Engineering Girls Day Out: Friday 5th October 2018

A one-day mini-conference for female students in Years 9 - 12 to explore the different engineering disciplines, meet like-minded friends, and be inspired by female role models in the industry! Participants will hear from incredible guest speakers, participate in interactive workshops and an industry-led design challenge. Free to register, lunch and snacks provided throughout the day.


Women in Engineering Summer Camp: Monday 7th - Wednesday 9th January 2019

A three-day residential experience held on campus at UNSW for female school students in year 11 or 12. Participants take part in industry site visits, hands-on workshops and an industry networking event.

Applications for 2019 camp to open soon!



In addition, schools can request a visit at their school. We are more than happy to talk to students about the diverse and interesting career options presented by an engineering degree, or to run an engineering workshop for your students. We always try to include current engineering students in any activity with school-aged girls, so that they can talk about their own experiences and provide a positive role model. To request a school visit, please make a request through the USTEM portal.

To get more information about school initiatives, please contact the Women in Engineering Manager, Sarah Coull