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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 students’ knowledge of, and aspirations for careers in the sciences.

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

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

The School of Science operates several engagement programs for high school students that showcase higher education science pathways, and often includes activities from other Schools within the university such as Medical and Health Sciences, and Engineering.

ECU’s Makerspace Technology Centre (MTC) belongs to the Computer and Security Science discipline in the School of Science. Our 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 Digital Technologies curriculum.

Annual School of Science engagement programs

  • ATSE Eminent Speaker series – a free lecture facilitated by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) for year 7-10 students.
  • ConocoPhillips Science Experience – a four-day event full of workshops, lectures, and site visits for Year 9/10 students.
  • LabRats – a free day of interactive science workshops for Year 10/11 students.
  • ATAR Revision Sessions – free exam revision sessions for Year 12 ATAR students.

Additional School of Science engagement programs

  • 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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