ENGINEERING STEM 'SUPERHEROES'
19 June 2015, Written by Laura Daquino
A CLASSROOM of superheroes is the vision of Tech Girls Movement founder, Brisbane's Jenine Beekhuyzen, who says her mission will only become possible with earlier investment into STEM.
Beekhuyzen, who has been named as a female rising star in ICT by the Sydney Morning Herald, sees this firsthand in the classes she teaches at the University of Queensland and Griffith University.
She recalls statistics that over the past 10 years, the proportion of women studying IT degrees in Queensland has fallen from 23 to 15 per cent. Nationally, there are about 27,000 female IT students.
The imbalance drove Beekhuyzen to create the Tech Girls Movement.
In Beekhuyzen's view, the problem is just that girls aren't exposed to STEM careers early enough.
"It's never too young to start," she says.