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Innovative Young Minds Tawa, 5 Sept 17IParliamentary event, Innovative Young Minds Tawa, Sept 17nnovative Young Minds is a programme established by Hutt Rotary with support from the Lower Hutt City Council. The aim of the programme is to provide young women, as a group underrepresented in science careers, with exposure to opportunities to advance their science focused studies and see how those studies can be potentially applied.

Innovative Young Minds (IYM) is designed to attract and engage young women to the field of technology. Targeted at Year 11 and Year 12 students, IYM is a week-long residential programme – next year to be held from 8-13 July, 2018.

t’s well known that diversity in the workplace leads to more innovation. Women are under-represented in the STEMM sector (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and manufacturing).

Through our Tawa Rotary Youth Grants programme agreement with Tawa College the Rotary Club of Tawa sponsored three Tawa College students - Elizabeth Jackson, Rachel Digney and Tia Brockie.

The students attended the IYM programme in July 2017 and presented back to the club their IYM experience at our club meeting on 5 Sep 2017. They had the opportunity to visit a number of different institutions including ESR and the Callaghan Institute along with visits to private organisations including Resene Paints and others. On the second to last day, the students also attended a parliamentary reception – see photo. The students were enthusiastic about their experience and expressed their gratitude for Tawa Rotary’s contribution. This was echoed by Mr Brian Sturman, also in attendance – who is Head of Science for Tawa College.

We all look forward to hearing about the students’ progress at some stage in the future – their presentation helped us as a club understand the importance of sponsoring young people on these types of activities.

Innovative Young Minds Tawa

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