Transpower has partnered with Microsoft to put its support behind ‘Digigirlz’, a global initiative designed to show young women studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects what careers in technology or engineering are possible.
64 students from a range of schools across the Greater Wellington region including Wellington Girls High, Upper Hutt College, Heretaunga College, Sacred Heart College, St Mary’s College, Aotea College, Hutt Valley High School and Naenae College spent the day at Transpower’s headquarters for a series of breakout sessions, visiting the National Grid’s Coordination Centre and learning how new technologies, such as augmented reality, drones and robotics, are creating new and exciting career opportunities.
Transpower Chief Executive Alison Andrew says that while we’re seeing more women studying technology and engineering, we still have some work to do to attract and retain more women in the workplace.
“Diversity is good for business and one of the ways we can improve these numbers is to promote the many career opportunities available to young women,” Andrew said. “At the Digigirlz event today, students engaged with a wide range of Transpower people, gaining insights into what careers they could pursue as a result of their STEM studies.
Highlights of the day included a mixed reality experience with Microsoft HoloLens, the world’s first self-contained, holographic computer, a seminar on positive thinking, and an interactive panel discussion that shared career advice and skills such as the power of being agile, adaptive and responsive.
“The students were able to have some fun with mixed reality and drone technology, and to see how exciting advancements in the tech space could fit in the real-world context of their future careers.”
“As with most industries, advancements in technology will change the way our business operates, creating lots of opportunities for our young people. We’re hoping Transpower’s support of initiatives like Digigirlz will further encourage young women into the technology and engineering sector, and equip them with support and knowledge to make positive decisions about their future,” Alison said.
For further information, please contact: Laura Ackland, Senior Corporate Communications Advisor 027 565 3783.
You can access a short video of the day here.