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Tomorrow Today support local girls with STEAM talk

By Simon Ruppert

In the lead up to International Women's Day Tomorrow Today is supporting local girls to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

The girl-Powered STEAM event will give girls a chance to get hands-on with robotics and technology, talk with women working in STEAM and meet other girls who love STEAM.

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Wangaratta's Galen College eLearning coordinator Maree Timms said it was important for young girls to have female role models.

“It is even more important in rural areas where these role models are less visible,” Ms Timms said.

The girls-only event will be held on March 4, from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Lakeside Community Centre.

The evening’s first session will introduce participants to the Zombie Bot game, show them how to build rubber band-powered robots (VEX Mia Bots) and take them around the globe via virtual reality.

That session will be followed at 5.30 pm by a discussion for the whole community about the opportunities that exist in the STEAM field.

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Tomorrow Today Education Benalla program manager Sally Matheson said the group encouraged girls to bring along their mothers, aunts and grandmothers to hear the fascinating stories of local women who had successful STEAM careers.

“We want our community to be inspired to support the hopes and aspirations of our young people,” Ms Matheson said.

● The event is free but attendees must register via www.eventbrite.com.au/e/international-womens-day-girl-powered-steam-tickets-92134002281 or by phoning (03) 5762 1211.

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