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Cardno inspires young females to pursue a STEM career

​Cardno sponsored and participated in the STEM Camp for girls, held at the University of Wollongong, Australia from 14 to 17 January 2018. The camp’s aim is to ignite the interest of young females in year 10 and 11 to pursue a STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) career.

STEM Careers Group Photo of 3 ladies

Throughout the four days, Tessa Verkerk, Civil/Environmental Undergraduate Engineer, volunteered as a live-in mentor for a group of 15- to 17-year-old girls. Her enthusiasm and mentorship ensured the girls had a great time while visiting Wollongong. Rhiannon Hughes, Environmental Scientist/GIS Analyst, ran two workshops on the application Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAs). The participants were introduced to the wide variety of technology utilised in everyday work at Cardno, including the DJI Inspire Quadcopter.

At the conclusion of the camp, Sonya Harrison, Senior Project Manager, and Jessica Kiekebosch-Fitt, Commerce/Civil Undergraduate Engineer, were involved in a networking event designed to encourage the participants to engage with local women in business.

The detailed event program included a visit to BlueScope Steel, workshops on artificial muscles, coding, and the use of RPAs and GIS in environmental science, a tour of UOW’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, a trip to a coal services station and other fun activities. It gave the participants an opportunity to experience a hands-on approach to real-world problems.

Cardno is honoured to be involved with camps such as the UOW STEM Camp for girls to show the diversity and talent that Cardno has to offer.

For more information, contact:

Cassy Baxter
Senior Environmental Scientist