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Posted on 05 April, 2019 in Students, Teachers

Women in STEM Ambassador

Women in STEM Ambassador

On Monday 25 March Darwin High School welcomed a visit from Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith, the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador.

Professor Harvey-Smith is an astrophysicist at the University of NSW and is the first Women in STEM Ambassador,which is an initiative to encourage girls and women to study and work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Currently on a national tour to raise awareness of the issues that can hold girls back from STEM study and work, Professor Harvey-Smith met with some of our STEM teachers to discuss the opportunities available to girls in STEM at the school. Darwin High is a strong advocator of gender equality and has dedicated all girls science classes.

After lunch Professor Harvey-Smith spent time visiting our Year 10 Centre for Excellence Science class and the Girls Science class.

Science teacher, Kerry Innes said

Professor Harvey-Smith was a fantastic role model for our young and aspiring scientists.

Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith has spent much of her career working to maintain and develop professional astronomical observatories, built on her lifelong passion for astronomy. She is a prolific and talented science communicator, committed to enhancing public understanding of science. In 2018 she hosted the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science and she is an award-winning astrophysicist and her research has been published in more than 40 scientific papers.

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