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.
techtrails@Perth Science Festival
WiTWA is planning a very special techtrails at this years' Perth Science Festival as part of National Science Week. techtrails will run on Saturday 13 August and Sunday 14 August from 10am to 4pm and you can find us opposite the WA Art Gallery, where 35 prominent STEM professionals will demonstrate their work to students, their families and the wider community and the important role science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation play in modern workplaces and future career choices.
Call to Action for Volunteers
If you think you can spare 1 - 2 hours of your time over the weekend of the 13 & 14 August to participate in our Perth Science Festival techtrails showcase, we’d love to have you join us! Click here to download the Speakers Guide.
To register your interest, simply complete the brief 1 minute expression of interest form found here - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/89QFM29 no later than Monday 11 July 2016.
Can You Support Us?
As a 100% not for profit organisation, WiTWA is seeking the generous support of local industry to be able to participate in the 2016 Perth Science Festival. Joint sponsorship of the 2016 Perth Science Festival techtrails marquee hosted by WiTWA is valued at $1,000 per partner. Sponsor benefits include:
- Inclusion of sponsor logo on WiTWA marquee signage at Perth Cultural Centre on 13th & 14th August 2016;
- Inclusion of sponsor logo on all promotional materials distributed by WiTWA in relation to the event
- Acknowledgement of support and inclusion of sponsors logo on WiTWA website (www.witwa.org.au)
- Acknowledgement of support on WiTWA social media platforms (LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter)
- Opportunity to provide an industry speaker as part of the Techtrails event (subject to approval by WiTWA of relevant theme and presentation topic)
- Sponsorship acknowledgement on Perth Science Festival website promotion of techtrails.
- On screen sponsorship acknowledgement throughout Perth Science Festival as part of techtrails promotional material
- Opportunity to volunteer at the techtrails event
- 2 x complimentary tickets to the screening of the documentary CODE: Debugging the gender gap hosted by WiTWA on Wednesday 17th August at Event Cinema in Innaloo followed by a panel discussion.
The closing date for all sponsorships is 7 July 2016.
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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
Share your techtrails 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 their future 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. 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:
Watch the video of techtrails @ Broome Senior High School
This video was created by students from Ashdale Secondary College in Darch