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Claire Cranitch (middle) during a recent Growing Tall Poppies program at Griffith University. Image supplied by Griffith University

Former Emmaus College Rockhampton student, Claire Cranitch is leading the charge to have more and more Queensland schoolgirls involved in Physics, in her role as Griffith University’s event coordinator of the national Growing Tall Poppies program.

The fourth-year student is passionate about science but fears a misconception of how complex the study can be, inevitably scares individuals away.

Claire draws on her own university experiences, working alongside researchers and physicists, to encourage more young girls into scientific studies.

The 21-year-old is excited that Rockhampton school leavers will have the opportunity to discuss the options available to them in the sciences, when ‘Future-proof your career, The Griffith STEM Roadshow’ visits her former home town.

“Griffith was the first Queensland partner university of the Growing Tall Poppies program and I feel privileged to be in a position to be able to discuss with young girls what paths exist towards further studies in physics,” confirmed Claire.

“These events provide great insights into what science careers can provide, much like the upcoming ‘Future-proof your career, The Griffith STEM Roadshow’ which will be visiting Rockhampton next Wednesday 16 August 2017.

“A lot of young people just don’t realise how much technology and science impacts their everyday lives.

“Just about everyone carries a phone in their pocket which is basically a mini computer. Its functionality and various uses covers just about every scientific field.”

Claire doesn’t discount the need for a committed approach to scientific studies, however she believes with the right frame of mind anyone is capable of future success.

Such a view is shared by one of Griffith University’s pre-eminent researchers, current Australian of the Year, Professor Emeritus Alan Mackay-Sim.

“We must make STEM education a priority as science, technology, engineering and maths will inevitably change tomorrow’s world,” confirmed Professor Mackay-Sim.

“I encourage kids to give science a go and open your world up to endless discoveries and really interesting career opportunities.”

Australia’s Chief Scientist acknowledges that 70% of jobs in the future will require employees to have related skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The jobs forecasts in Queensland; by The Australian Institute (April 2016), suggest 20% growth by 2019, with particular emphasis around professional, scientific and technical services, equating to an additional 36,700 jobs state-wide.

To complement these trends, Griffith University’s Sciences faculty is unveiling a unique suite of double degrees to enhance the employability prospects of its graduates.

Among eight new degree programs being offered, are a world and Australian first Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Aviation combination, a complementary Bachelor of Environmental Sciences/ Bachelor of Business degree, plus an exciting initiative which explores the practical implications of drones in the newly created Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), majoring in Electronics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles engineering degree.

‘Future-proof your career, The Griffith STEM Roadshow’ will take place in Rockhampton on Wednesday 16 August 2017 at The Travelodge before moving on to Mackay the next day at The Entertainment and Convention Centre. The Roadshow is a free event running from 5pm and people must pre-register online.

Numerous research and teaching academics who have ties to each of the regions will be available to discuss the multitude of program study options available, and highlight some of the many achievements and milestones of Griffith Sciences students.

Source: Griffith University

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