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 launched the techtrails STEM outreach program in 2010, with the first techtrail delivered in 2011. The program 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.
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.The program is targeted at girls and boys in years 9 and 10, predominantly studying in regional schools and those with a strong STEM technology focus. Since inception the program has reached over 900 students (over 400 of which were female). The feedback from students and teachers has been overwhelming. We are incredibly proud to say that over 77% of students rated the techtrails event as Awesome/Great. When asked who had considered a carrer in STEM before our visit, 69% of students responded "yes". After our techtrails incursion, this number increased to 79%.
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.
Blazing a techtrail to Albany Senior High School on 24 November 2016
The next techtrails STEM incursion will be held at Albany Senior High School on Thursday 24 November 2016. We are thrilled to be taking techtrails regional once again, to showcase the careers from some of WA’s most inspirational STEM experts for 300 Year 9 students from Albany Senior High School and North Albany Senior High School. We are currently seeking interest from STEM professionals/ organisations based either in Perth or the Great Southern region to join us in sharing their own exciting ‘techtrail’ story at its Albany event.
techtrails@Perth Science Festival 2016
This year WiTWA hosted a very special techtrails at the Perth Science Festival as part of National Science Week. techtrails was held on Saturday 13 August and Sunday 14 August with our fabulous exhibition opposite the WA Art Gallery. Over the course of the weekend, 25 prominent STEM professionals demonstrated their work to students, their families and the wider community, to highlight the important role science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation play in modern workplaces and future career choices. Take a look at this short video created by the amazingly talented and resourceful media students at Ashdale Secondary College in Darch, WA, to find out more about techtrails@PSF 2016. Thank you also to all our wonderful volunteers and sponsors without whom the day would not have been possible. Visit our news section to read more about the event.
techtrails@Living Waters Lutheran College
On 16 June we held our first techtrails incursion 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). Approximately 70 students met and talked to our 8 presenters on a broad variety of STEM topics, for Digital Entrepreneurship to 3D printing for engineering. We were very warmly received by the school staff, who were very supportive.
"A very well organised event with outstanding and inspirational speakers of a high caliber. The intimate group setting has provided students with an enriching experience, allowing them to engage in purposeful discussions. I highly recommend techtrails for students to gain insights to different industries." Marilyn Proctor, Career & VET Coordinator, Living Waters Lutheran College
techtrails @ Broome Senior High School
In December 2015 techtrails was held at Broome Senior High School, 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 techtrails stories with 97 local high school students. Students were inspired and motivated through hearing presentations and demonstrations from the following STEM role models:This video was created by students from Ashdale Secondary College in Darch