We’re thrilled to once again be working with Deakin University’s School of Education on their Girls as Leaders in STEM (GALS) research project. This important project, generously supported by The Invergowrie Foundation, is committed to equipping inspired young girls with the skills they need for the jobs of the future and fostering their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic career pathways. Upstart provides the critical element of entrepreneurial thinking through which to increase the real-world application for students.

In Term 1 we led an engaging and thought-provoking teacher professional development workshop to explore the role of entrepreneurship and design thinking. This was followed by a hands-on, fun workshop where students worked in teams to design user focused solutions and practice their communication skills within the large group. We were also treated to a sneak peak of Deakin’s newest facility – The Imaginarium – a new 360-degree immersive learning space enabling global collaboration, connectivity, entrepreneurship, and exploration.

As students continue to develop a deeper understanding of their chosen problems as supplied by their industry partners, we are looking forward to exploring the impact of leadership and team roles in term 3. As females working in largely male dominated environments, we are thrilled to be part of this important program aimed at challenging gender-bias and supporting the aspirations of young girls pursuing a rewarding career in the STEM industry.

Upstart has grown from its early pioneering start to become a leader in entrepreneurial education. Offering a range of experiential learning opportunities, tools and resources to educators, youth leaders, communities and young people, we work closely with our clients to develop bespoke solutions for maximum impact.

Upstart’s mission to inspire, educate and amplify tomorrow’s changemakers continues to be a driving force behind the growth of our organisation. Find out more at upstarthq.com.au