There is a national shortage of STEM graduates in Australia in the order of many hundreds of thousands that is projected to grow over coming years. Women currently represent fewer than 10% of national tertiary pure STEM enrolments and trades. Young women need encouragement to consider trades, engineering and
advanced manufacturing pathways.
To address this, Bendigo Tech School has established the Girls in STEAM Electric Car Project. With community and industry support, young women, girls, and non-binary folk from 4 partner schools are converting a Range Rover Classic into a Tesla powered electric 4WD.
When complete, the car will be made available for community hire through a community enterprise framework, and profits will be reinvested in young people with ideas for start-ups.