Gone are the days when girls were only associated with certain career fields.

Opportunity for young girls to bloom at STEM

Qhawekazi Memani

Opportunity for young girls to bloom at STEM











Students busy with their practical assignments

Gone are the days when girls were only associated with certain career fields. We live in times where your only limit is yourself. As part of VUT’s 50th anniversary celebrations and Women’s month, the University will host a seminar on Friday, 26 August 2016 from 9am-3pm at the Vanderbijlpark campus.

A hundred VUT students and 100 high school learners and their teachers from schools in and around the Sedibeng and Metsimaholo regions will be invited to attend the seminar.

The purpose of this seminar is to invite exceptional women, who have excelled in their careers in the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) fields, to speak to young women about their success. The aim is to encourage female learners to choose STEM-related subjects and increase their chances of being accepted at tertiary institutions for studies in the relevant programmes.

Role modelling is a powerful tool for motivation and inspiration. The young women will hear first-hand accounts of women who have overcome obstacles much like the ones they now face, to become leaders in their fields of expertise. The event will also allow for the STEM teachers from the surrounding schools to share their challenges and find solutions to some of the problems that they face in a classroom.

The programme will comprise of the talks and a career exhibition from government agencies and private entities in the STEM environment as well as the VUT.

Through this initiative the participants:

• Will be awarded an opportunity to visit laboratories and engage in live experiments;

• Will be assisted to make correct career choices;

• Will share their experiences with classmates back at school; and
• Be encouraged in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Should you require more information about the seminar, you may contact Kediemetse Mokotsi, Director Marketing and Public Relations, email address: kedie@vut.ac.za Tel:016 950 9353/9225.