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Engagement activities


Edith Cowan believed that education was the key to growth, change and improvement. We are proud to continue her legacy by actively advancing the role of women in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM).

Mission: Our mission is to advance female students knowledge of, and aspirations for careers in computer and security science.

Our Vision: is to increase female student participation rates in the computer and security sciences and foster aspiration for Higher Education.

Values: Innovation, Scholarship, Rational Inquiry, Personal Excellence.

ECU’s Makerspace Technology Centre (MTC) belongs to the Computer and Security Science discipline in the School of Science. Our new programs aim to engage girls, primary, secondary students, and teachers with various technologies like Raspberry Pi and Arduino interacting with various input and output devices like temperature sensors, bluetooth, wifi, and motors. These platforms are specifically designed to enhance computation and design thinking as well as creative approaches to solving real world problems. These simple object oriented programmable devices can be coded and recoded allowing for an opportunity for participants to become to be innovators and problem solvers. Participants will be guided through different computer programming tasks, which follows Western Australia’s new Digital Technologies curriculum

Overseeing the development and delivery of innovation with technology to students in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 our programs include:

Programs include

  • Tools of Innovation - Arduinos, Raspberry Pi’s and DIY electronics in ECU’s Makerspace. Places are limited.
  • Girls Programming Network - ‘Girls teaching girls how to code’ - workshops held on a Saturday once a term at ECU.
  • i-Ops - Security Intelligence activities for students exploring intelligence gathering techniques through surveillance and data analysis, held once a term at ECU. Places are limited.
  • Digital Technologies, Teaching and Learning - Professional development opportunities for educators on ‘how to code’, ‘how to assess and track performance’, ‘tools for innovation’ and ‘computational, systems and design thinking’.

Technology – innovative ideas that solve real world problems

ECU is proud to be a member of the SAGE Pilot of the Athena SWAN charter in Australia. This initiative promotes gender equality and encourages opportunities for girls in STEM careers.

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