Innovative Young Minds (IYM), a technology and innovation initiative for year 11 and 12 female students, is a first for Technology Valley.
IYM is an initiative of Rotary Hutt City, in partnership with Hutt City Council.
The IYM Programme hopes to encourage young women to explore their career opportunities in the technology industry. Currently, only 23% of women are represented in the technology sector.
The week-long programme will see students spend time in a range of businesses where they will experience what it is like to be part of the fast-growing technology industry. They will get a taste of what tertiary institutions can offer them and engage with some of the cutting-edge research that Crown Research Institutes are undertaking.
Sue Avison, President of Rotary Hutt City believes the pilot programme could be a model for other regions. “We know that young women drop out of STEM subjects (science, engineering, mathematics) early on in their studies. We believe that part of the problem is a lack of awareness of the opportunities for girls in the technology sector. We want them to know there is more to engineering than building bridges!
“We want to showcase the wide range of opportunities available to women through first-hand, hands-on experiences. The enthusiasm of our business partners and sponsors has made this programme possible,” says Avison.
Forty students from colleges in the Greater Wellington region will attend the programme from 9-14 July. More information can be found on our website www.iym.co.nz