26 Aug 2015
On Monday 17 August a group of over 30 Ruyton parents of girls ranging from ELC to Year 12 joined staff for the inaugural Ruyton STEM parent forum. Appropriately taking place at the start of the 2015 National Science Week, the evening provided an opportunity for parents to hear about initiatives at Ruyton to provide girls with access to authentic STEM learning and promote their engagement in this field throughout the School, including the wonderful opportunities which the opening of the Margaret McRae Centre will bring. Dr Sarah Sweet, Astrophysicist and Ruyton’s Scientist in Residence during Science week, shared the story of her journey in science and how her love of the night sky as a small child has led her to work with some of the most powerful telescopes in the world to explore the changes in large, distant galaxies. Most importantly, the evening gave us the opportunity to hear from parents about their experiences and expertise in this field, their thoughts about future directions for Ruyton, and the diverse and extensive range of contacts and opportunities for our girls that our community holds.
I would like to sincerely thank the parents who were able to attend and contribute, and to those who have emailed me in subsequent days with additional thoughts and ideas - please keep these coming! For those who were unable to attend or who would like further input, a survey has been set up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BFSVW57 where you can respond to the questions which were discussed by the focus groups on Monday night.
There are many wonderful STEM quotes, blogs and websites around but one of my current favourites for breaking down stereotypes is #Ilooklikeanengineer (https://twitter.com/hashtag/ilooklikeanengineer?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Ehashtag) – I encourage you to share this with your daughters.
Mrs Cathryn Furey
Assistant Principal, Director of Learning
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