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On Saturday, 20 August 2022, St Patrick’s College Townsville will present its sixth annual #STEMLIKEAPATSGIRL Conference – the only event of its kind in North Queensland.

It is a day devoted to empowering and engaging girls aged 10 – 15 in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The event is open to all girls from North Queensland and Far North Queensland aged 10 to 15 who have an interest in STEM.

Each year the event grows, and this year will be no exception. The #STEMLIKEAPATSGIRL Conference will feature two inspirational Keynote Speakers – Kirsty Roberts, Lead Commissioning Engineer for HATCH, and Dr Samantha Nixon, Postdoctoral Research Officer at the Institute of Molecular Biosciences.

The College has connected with a wide variety of STEM industry professionals who will conduct exciting, hands on workshops which will include: Junk Pile Engineers, “It’s Rocket Science”; STEM Punks “Smart Gardens” and “Space Explorers”; ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics; Pathology QLD and “Forensic Anatomy” with Dr Alex Trollope and more.

There’s no doubt that St Patrick’s College Townsville’s reputation as a leader in STEM is well-founded. Winners of the Australian Education Awards “Best STEM Program” in 2020 and 2022, as well as the 2021 National Science Week “Great Barrier Reef Citizen Science Award”, the College continues to champion opportunities for young women to dare to imagine their future. In May, construction of a 4-storey STEM Learning Hub building began.

This facility will provide contemporary learning and innovation spaces to excite and inspire the STEM students. Featuring Marine Science, Biology, Physics and Chemistry laboratories, flexible learning areas, an arts courtyard and an academic hub, the contemporary spaces will blend with the existing facilities. “We are so excited to be creating a place where our students and teachers are empowered to be curious, visionary and imaginative” says Principal, Amber Hauff.

Workshop details and registration information for the 2022 #STEMLIKEAPATSGIRL Conference can be found on the St Patrick’s College Townsville’s website