WiTWA's techtrails program is designed to encourage young people to consider careers in technology. Acknowledging the declining numbers of students choosing technology, science and engineering career paths, WiTWA established the techtrails outreach program in 2010. The program is targeted at girls and boys in years 9 and 10 in regional schools and those with a strong technology focus.
Patron of Techtrails
We are proud to have Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE, inductee of the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame and former Chief Scientist of WA, as the patron of techtrails.
Planning for the 2016 techtrails program is well underway with 3-4 techtrails planned for this year. Our first techtrails incursion will be hosted by Living Waters Lutheran College, an independent West Australian school providing a Kindergarten to year 12 education to the communities of Warnbro (Rockingham) and Halls Head (Mandurah). Scheduled for 16 June 2016, this techtrail will feature industry speakers presenting on the following STEM themes:
- Computer programming/networking
- Computer/software engineering
- Gaming and app development
- Graphic design
- STEM entrepreneurship
Share your techtrail with high school students
The WiTWA techtrails incursion program has been making its mark in Western Australia since 2010 and is designed to generate passion, excitement and interest in technology and science based careers to motivate secondary students to explore and pursue related study and career opportunities. WiTWA techtrails targets Year 9 and 10 students as they consider future career opportunities and make decisions around subject selection, with a particular focus on schools with a strong science and technology focus. We present techtrails incursions to both female and male students, emphasising the importance of positive female role modelling of women in STEM careers to all genders.
Since inception, WiTWA techtrails has reached over 800 high school student in Western Australia. Our most recent techtrails event held at Broome Senior High School in December 2015, was also our most regional to date. Taking a techtrails to our northern reaches of the State requires tremendous effort and our incursion to Broome SHS was only make possible through the generous support of our special techtrails industry sponsor Kinetic IT, in collaboration with the Department of Local Government and Communities and the University of Western Australia Throughout the morning eleven industry speakers shared their personal techtrail stories with 97 local high school students. Students were inspired and motivated through hearing presentations and demonstrations from the following STEM role models:
Techtrails year end report 2015