On Thursday, 6 October, 50 high school girls had the opportunity to spend one afternoon of their school holidays at Cochlear Headquarters in Macquarie Park, Sydney.
The group first listened to short talks by Senior Cochlear representatives about the company history and development of Cochlear implant products. Dr Sophie Primig from UNSW also spoke about her experience as a female working in STEM and her career path to today.
The group then conducted a tour of the facility around three mains locations – the Manufacturing space, the Sound room and the Tool room. This was seen as the highlight of the afternoon as girls commented that seeing and hearing about what a Cochlear engineer and scientists does every day was truly inspiring.
After some delicious afternoon tea and a chance for the girls to mingle and chat to each other, the group had the opportunity to explore several experimentation stations designed by UNSW and Cochlear. The stations involved small hand on activities including a dexterity test using microscopes to perform minute tasks and an impact and Liquid Nitrogen demonstration with chocolate.
At the end of the afternoon of hand on activities, prizes of movie tickets and copies of the Graeme Clark Biography were handed out to winners drawn from quiz entries the group completed throughout the afternoon.
It was an excellent afternoon of exploring, activities and discussion about women in STEM careers. Lucille from St Luke’s Grammar said “I now have a better insight to science careers and am interested in pursuing a career in this field.”