Women in Defence STEM Workshop
On Tuesday the 27 October thirteen Darwin High School students and our School Defence Mentor attended a Women in Defence STEM workshop.
by School Defence Mentor, Kerry Gray
The event was a marvellous experience for all who attended. The group learnt about the Tri Defence Force Services and their focus employment opportunities for women, particularly within the STEM sector.
The workshop started with a visit to Robertson Barracks, Darwin's Army base and some of the group even had the opportunity to sit in a Tiger Chopper. The visit also included a tour of the Army units that have a strong focus on computing and technology.
For the second part of the workshop, we then went onto the RAAF Base where we met with personnel from three units. At one unit the group learnt about radars, how they work and what they are used for. The students were also treated to a delicious lunch and gifted a 3D machine print of the RAAF base red kangaroo emblem.
The final location for the workshop included a visit to Larrakeyah Navy Base, where some of the group got to put on a life jacket and have it inflated.
All throughout the day students had the opportunity to talk to many women who currently serve in Defence and listen to them as they all told us about their own unique entry into Defence, it really was a super day.