Teacher invited to speak on bridging gap

South Western Times

Newton Moore teacher Ashley Stewart is set to create waves of change across the nation after being asked to talk about her groundbreaking work with Aboriginal girls in STEM at the University of Sydney and Melbourne’s RMIT University.

The mathematics head of department will also talk about her work to bridge the gap for girls in STEM in general, as well as gender equality issues.

The universities reached out after Ms Stewart was awarded the national Choose Maths award for mentoring girls in mathematics in 2017, after her hand-on projects sparked the interest of Year 8 Aboriginal girls in maths concepts.

Ms Stewart is a passionate advocate for the cause and said it was about igniting a love for STEM in girls from a young age and equipping them with the skills they needed to succeed in the area.

“A lot of people have gotten in touch to ask me to give advice on what they can do to help bridge the gap as well,” she said.

“I don’t want it to just be a success at Newton Moore, I want it to be everywhere – the more we get the message out there the better it is for everyone.”

Ms Stewart was also invited to speak to a crowd of 200 people at Edith Cowan University in Perth on International Women’s Day.

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