Women in STEM – STEM Speed Mentoring Session

Females in STEM Speed Mentoring Session for Rutherford Technology High School Students.

The Females in STEM Speed Mentoring Session is a program that has been developed by Rutherford Technology High School (RTHS), the Hunter Academy of STEM Excellence (ASE), SISP, and The Orbispace Initiative. The program is designed by females in STEM for females in STEM to teach female high school students how to mentor primary school students and share their knowledge, skills and confidence needed to excel in STEM and industry leadership roles. The program included a “speed mentoring session” where female professionals from STEM or STEM adjacent industries were able to sit down with students, share their experiences, and inspire the next generation of female professionals.


The RTHS Women in STEM program and Science teacher Ms Jade Bassett, actively engages the students in meaningful projects including a business model to address social needs and constructing a prototype of a bionic prosthetic arm from LEGO Spike Prime kits. Throughout the program, the students have learnt about inspiring females with STEM around the world, ranging from scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.


BlueZone was invited to attend the Speed Mentoring Session on the 7th of December 2023 in Rutherford NSW. The students were given a brief profile on each mentor prior to the event, so they had the opportunity to prepare their questions. BlueZone staff member Katie Kelly was able to provide her experiences within the industry and encourage the students to actively explore their curiosity to understand the world we live in and to continuously push the boundaries.



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Rutherford Technology High School RTHS Women in STEM program encourages female students to explore STEM opportunities Photo Credit Rutherford Technology High School