CASUARINA/NSW (November 17th/2020): ACCIONA and Surfing Australia continued their great work through the ACCIONA ‘Engineering Confidence’ Women and Girls Workshop Breakfast held this morning at Palm Beach Currumbin High School. The event was designed to not only build confidence in young women, but kickstart thoughts and discussions about real career opportunities in the construction engineering industry via STEM.
There were plenty of questions and enthusiastic discussion after the room heard from the breakfast’s four-person panel including World Tour Surfer and ACCIONA Ambassador Isabella Nichols, Surfing Australia Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Manager Michell Mitchell, ACCIONA Senior Project Engineer Michelle Monaghan, and Palm Beach Currumbin High School Guidance Officer Steve Jones.
Isabella Nichols said: “The thing that excites me most about a career in STEM is having so many different opportunities, whether it’s civil, mechanical, environmental; there are so many pathways you can take, and even if you start on one pathway you can crossover.”
After opening up to questions from students, the panel joined the group in a brain-stimulating hands-on spaghetti challenge – where students had to build a structure using spaghetti and tape and add a heavy object to the top of it – that had all involved fully engaged and racing for a team win.
ACCIONA will continue as a major support partner of key Surfing Australia program, the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle, Australia’s biggest grassroots boardriders event series involving over $100,000 prizemoney across eight state events and a large-scale National Final. ACCIONA’s involvement in the national final earlier this year saw the event granted carbon neutral status – a first for Surfing Australia.
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