Previous Girls in STEM events

  • 2019: Empowering curiosity

    Ford presents Girls in STEAM 2019, a Mathematical Association of Victoria event for girls in Years 9 and 10.

    Join us at our 2019 Girls in STEAM event, to hear stories from women whom are paving the way for your students to flourish in a STEM career.

    • An event for girls in Years 9 to 10.
    • An opportunity to be inspired by women who have forged impressive careers in STEAM industries.
    • Engage in hands-on activities to stimulate interest and engagement in STEAM based careers.

    Students join edus at our 2019 Girls in STEAM event, to hear stories from women who are paving the way for students to flourish in a STEM career.

    This event explored females in STEAM careers with an emphasis on the importance of mathematics required for success. Students heard from leading industry experts in a range of fields about their experiences working in a STEAM focused career.

    Presenters shared their stories; the journey they took, the contributions they have made, the impact of being a female, tips for success, and how they overcame obstacles along the way.

    The importance of mathematics in VCE subject selection, university degrees and in STEAM careers was addressed. An interactive panel discussion followed the individual presentations. Student then participated in two hands on activities that required students to be curious and creative. The activities were a coding task using TI-Nspire calculators, and an engineering task. Students were provided with a challenging task to apply their curiosity, critical and creative thinking.

    Opening address

    Sarah McNab presented the opening address at the MAV's 2019 Girls in STEM event.Sarah McNab
    Director of General Medicine, Royal Children’s Hospital

    Dr Sarah McNab is a General Paediatrician and has recently been appointed as the Director of General Medicine at The Royal Children’s Hospital. She is the first female ever appointed to this role. Sarah completed her medical degree at Monash University, before qualifying as a paediatrician. She than completed a PhD through the University of Melbourne and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Her research comparing intravenous fluids in children was published in The Lancet in 2014 and changed the management of children in hospital internationally. Sarah has a particular interest in teaching and mentoring of junior medical staff. Sarah is a mum to three boys, aged 8, 6 and 3 years, and has recently added to the chaos with a puppy.

    Industry experts

    Monika Janiak presented the at the MAV's 2019 Girls in STEM event.GHD was a supporting partner of the MAV's 2019 Girls in STEM event.Monika Janiak
    Senior Environmental Scientist

    Monika is currently a Senior Environmental Scientist and Team Leader with the Contamination Assessment and Remediation group at GHD. After finishing high school she studied Arts/Science at Melbourne university, but after a couple of years stopped studying and started working around Melbourne and lived in the UK/Europe for 12 months and then Japan for teaching English for 12 months. Whilst living in Tokyo Monika became inspired to go back to university and study Environmental Science. After graduating from the double degree (Environmental Science and Business Management) and honours of Environmental Science she commenced at GHD. In her current role she has experience in investigation, assessment, monitoring and remediation of contaminated sites. Monika has worked on a variety of contaminated land and groundwater industrial sites and have been involved in every level of these projects including: project management, the production of sampling and analytical plans, extensive field works, the production of technical reports, job management of investigation and remediation projects. She has worked across Victoria (metro and rural) as well as across Australia (Northern Queensland, Canberra, Perth, Tasmania, Western Australia, Northern Territory) and internationally in the Philippines (Manila).

    Chivonne Hollis presented the at the MAV's 2019 Girls in STEM event.SOR was a supporting partner of the MAV's 2019 Girls in STEM event.Chivonne Hollis
    Executive Manager, SORA Interior Architecture & Design

    Chivonne has a passion for architecture and craft, detailed design and the way these are incorporated into built form to enhance functionality. This has provided her with motivation throughout the last 15 years of her practical experience with CHT. Chivonne’s expertise lies predominantly in contract administration, working on construction sites on a large variety of projects ranging from high end single residences, multi resident developments, retail, commercial and aged care projects. As a mother of two young children she finds that working part time in an effort to enhance her career in a male dominated field to be difficult. But a challenge worth accepting.


    Beth van Vliet presented the at the MAV's 2019 Girls in STEM event.Ford was the Gold Sponsor of the MAV's 2019 Girls in STEM event.Beth van Vliet
    Vehicle Architecture Engineer, Ford Motor Company

    Beth is a second-year graduate engineer at Ford. She completed a Bachelor degree with Honours in Chemical Engineering at the University of Newcastle, NSW in 2017. The automotive industry was an unplanned career choice – a nature enthusiast usually opting for a bicycle or public transport - but an attraction to the unique position the industry was in prevailed, with a push greater than ever for automated, electric and shared vehicles – significant and interesting changes imminent. Before uni, Beth worked as a lab technician, pilates instructor and barista. When not at work she can be found knitting, weaving or reading on the couch, practicing dance moves or yoga, or hiking through bushland or urban areas.

    Kim Stoddart presented the at the MAV's 2019 Girls in STEM event.Quantum market research was a supporting partner of the MAV's 2019 Girls in STEM event.Kim Stoddart
    General Manager – Director
    Quantum Market Research

    Hall and Partners was a supporting partner of the MAV's 2019 Girls in STEM event.Kim Stoddart is General Manager at Quantum Market Research and Finance Director at Hall & Partners. She spends her days running the finance department that works across these two market research agencies that form part of Australasia’s largest, most successful marketing communications group, Clemenger BBDO. With more of an interest in art and photography at school, she somehow found her way into the world of commercial finance. She loves the daily challenges of co-running these two agencies and is constantly juggling this hectic world of work with her role as mother and wife.

    Gem Lloyd presented the at the MAV's 2019 Girls in STEM event.The Bureau of Meteorology was a supporting partner of the MAV's 2019 Girls in STEM event.Gem Lloyd

    Gemma attained both a BSc and PhD in Mathematics from The University of Manchester before uprooting her life for a 2 year Australian adventure – 9 years later she's still here! While in Adelaide she convinced a software company that her mathematical background was a good basis to hire her despite no experience and no programming skills. 6 years after that Gemma decided a new career was in order, so she applied to work at the Bureau of Meteorology having always had a keen interest in the weather – what Brit doesn't?!

    Career highlights include being featured in the Herald Sun for International Women's Day, presenting the weather on ABC's Landline, attending a user's conference in the Scottish Highlands, and flying model aeroplanes around a field and being able to call it work!

    Pandora Hope presented the at the MAV's 2019 Girls in STEM event.The Bureau of Meteorology was a supporting partner of the MAV's 2019 Girls in STEM event.Pandora Hope
    Principal Research Scientist, Bureau of Meteorology

    Dr Hope enjoys working to increase our understanding of how our weather relates to the rainfall variability and long-term trends we are seeing across southern Australia. She uses global climate models to help explain the changes in the weather and climate. Climate models are based on the mathematical equations of motion of the air and ocean. They are a great tool to explore what happens to our climate system if we change the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, without actually having to do it.

    Dr Hope is currently helping write the sixth assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which means she has been overseas four times in the last 18 months. She has so far tasted elaborate Chinese banquets, skied in Canada and been hiking in the US, as well as spending many an hour talking science and meeting really interesting people. She has just returned from France. She also has a family, with two children aged 9 and 11.  





    Sarah McNab
    Director of Medicine, Royal Children’s Hospital



    Monika Janiak
    Environmental scientist, GHD

    Chivonne Hollis
    Architect, SORA Interior Architecture & Design

    Beth van Vliet
    Vehicle Architecture Engineer, Ford Motor Company

    Kim Stoddart
    Managing director, Quantum Market Research

    Gem Lloyd and Pandora Hope
    Meteorologists, Bureau of Meteorology


    Morning tea

    A cupcake and water


    Interactive discussion panel with all experts


    Rotation Activity Round 1



    Students and Teachers BYO lunch


    Rotation Activity Round 2


    Close of program



    Start your engines!

    Texas Instruments was a supporting partner of the MAV's 2019 Girls in STEM event.The TI-Innovator™ Rover is a programmable robotic vehicle that drives conceptual curiosity in mathematics, science and coding. It provides opportunities to achieve important goals and outcomes valued in STEAM focused learning. In this workshop, students will apply their knowledge of motion, in particular, their understanding of the relationships between distance, speed and time to code the Rover in an exciting race to the finish line! Students will be provided with equipment for their ‘race car’ and will learn some valuable coding. As they say ‘when the wheels are turning the students are learning’.
    This session has been made possible due to the support of Texas Instruments.

    Aurecon was a supporting partner of the MAV's 2019 Girls in STEM event.Engineers Without Borders Australia was a supporting partner of the MAV's 2019 Girls in STEM event.Sustainable housing design

    A creative, hands-on workshop, developed by engineers from Engineers without Borders, designed to open students minds as they are challenged with the task of creating appropriate and sustainable housing in developing nations.


  • 2018: Inspired by curiosity

    Girls in STEM 2018

    Dr Sue Barrell. Chief Scientist and Group Executive, Science and Innovation, Bureau of Meteorology

    Felicity Furey. Founding Director, Machinam

    Sarah Cirillo. Mechanical Engineer, Thales

    Taryn James. Aerodynamicist, Ford

    Chivonne Hollis. Associate Architect, CHT Architects

    Sharon Lai. Economist, Reserve Bank of Australia

    Kimberley Whitehead. Project Engineer, VEC Civil Engineering

    Kirsten Pilatti. Chief Executive Officer, Breast Cancer Network Australia


    9:00 - 9:15 




    Master of Ceremonies: Felicity Furey

    Opening address: Dr Sue Barrell, Chief Scientist of the Bureau of Meteorology




    Morning tea




    Interactive panel discussion


    Ford, Gold sponsor
    Felicity Furey, Machinam



    Download a PDF of the program for the 2018 Girls in STEM day.

    Gold Sponsor 2018

    Ford STEAM

    Supporting Partners - 2018

    Australian Government. Bureau of MeteorologyThe Power of EngineeringBreast CAncer Network AustraliaReserve Bank of Australia

    VEC LOGOCHT ArchitectsAustralian Mathematical Sciences Institute

    Ivanhoe Girlss Grammar SchoolTHALES

  • 2017: Be inspired by stories of success in STEM careers

    Girls in STEM 2017

    9:15 - 9:35 

    Welcome and introduction

    Master of Ceremonies: Felicity Furey

    Opening address: Maxine McKew

    Opening address


    Presentations from experts

    • Jacinta den Besten, University of Melbourne
    • Frances Palmer, Nissan
    • Megan Evers, LXR authority
    • Chivonne Hollis, CHT Architects
    • Monika Janiak, GHD


    Morning tea


    Panel discussion and questions


    Christine Oudin

    TI Edtech Australia


    Hands on activity: Inspiring Generation STEM with TI InnovatorTM

    Karleigh Nicholls and Shelley Cross

    St Hilda’s College, QLD



    Felicity Furey, Machinam

    Download a PDF of program for the 2017 Girls in STEM day.

    Supporting Partners - 2017

    Australian Mathematical Sciences InstituteCHT Architects Nissan

    The Power of EngineeringGHD Level Crossing Removal AuthorityThe University of Melbourne Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar SchoolDay of STEM