Future You, an initiative led by the Australian Government's Women in STEM Ambassador, has launched three new Pathfinders to challenge stereotypes and inspire the next generation of STEM enthusiasts.
Bardie Sommerville, Vinuri Silva, and Jamie Morris are the latest additions to this essential program, which encourages children aged 8 to 12, their teachers, and families to explore the diverse and exciting world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
Breaking Stereotypes and Building a Better World with STEM
The Pathfinders program is designed to effectively challenge stereotypes surrounding STEM careers and create a more inclusive space for aspiring scientists, engineers, and innovators. The new Pathfinders are living proof that STEM is for everyone and can be a powerful tool for making the world a better place.
Bardie Sommerville, a qualified carpenter and site manager, initially embarked on her career journey with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her path to carpentry unfolded unexpectedly, as she discovered her passion for shaping creative visions, solving problems, and working on remarkable projects after becoming a casual labourer to pay her bills while studying at university. Bardie is committed to creating a healthier, safer, and more inclusive construction industry.
Vinuri Silva, a dedicated researcher and scientist, studies the ocean and plastic pollution. Her journey began with a passion for the environment, and she now works as a science communicator as well, educating students about science and the critical issue of plastic pollution. Vinuri aims to increase awareness about the devastating impact of plastic pollution on our oceans.
Jamie Morris, on the path to becoming a skilled patisserie chef, initially aspired to be a chef and pursued formal culinary training. However, a volunteering experience ignited his passion for patisserie. Overcoming challenges associated with ADHD, Jamie has honed his skills as a bakery assistant, and is able to create beautifully delicate desserts and cakes that cater to a wide-range of dietary needs.
Inspiring the Next Generation with STEM
These new Pathfinders join an impressive line-up of STEM leaders, including augmented reality expert Mikaela Jade, heavy vehicle mechanic Louise Azzopardi, aerospace engineer Renee Wootton, and many more. Each Pathfinder comes with a suite of free resources for teachers, making it easier to integrate STEM into lessons and create engaging, socially relevant content for students.
Accessible and Inclusive STEM for All
Future You believes that STEM education should be accessible to all students, regardless of their background. All the Future You resources are free, making it possible for every child to explore their potential in STEM.
Future You is not just a program; it's an invitation to discover the fascinating world of STEM and inspire the next generation of innovators, scientists, and problem solvers. Through storytelling and real-life examples, Future You is changing the way we think about STEM, fostering curiosity and a passion for making a difference.
Our new Pathfinders, Bardie Sommerville, Vinuri Silva, and Jamie Morris, will challenge stereotypes, ignite curiosity, and inspire future STEM leaders to ensure Australia continues to progress towards a more equitable STEM workforce. For more information and to explore Future You's resources, visit www.futureyouaustralia.com.au/pathfinders.
Future You is an educational program developed and led by the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador. It is funded by the Department of Industry, Science and Resources.
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