CAASTRO in the Classroom receives government grant to inspire girls and women to pursue STEM

7 December 2016

The ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) has received a $250,000 grant from the Australian Government to inspire girls and women to study and pursue science, technology, engineering and maths.

This funding, provided for through the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship grant program under the National Innovation and Science Agenda, will support the 'CAASTRO in the Classroom' program and the 'CAASTRO Galaxy Convention'.

The 'CAASTRO in the Classroom' program is an existing outreach activity designed to link high school students with CAASTRO's research scientists and PhD students. This grant will extend the program to add new exclusive girls sessions.

The 'CAASTRO Galaxy Convention' is a multi-day workshop for PhD candidates, university researchers, high school and university students to work with innovators and entrepreneurs to develop business ideas.

The grant, along with 23 other projects funded in the first round of the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship grant program, are part of a concerted, national effort to overcome the cultural, institutional and organisational factors that discourage girls and women from studying STEM and choosing careers that require STEM skills.

For more information on the first round of funding in the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship grant program, please read the media release.

Contact: Gabriel Nguyen

Phone: 02 9351 3201

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