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STEM Alliance networking evening fosters connection and collaboration

On the 15th of November, STEM Alliance Aotearoa was proud to host a networking event at the GHD offices in Freemans Bay.

With a theme of ‘Collaborating for a STEM Future’, the event drew in a varied crowd of educators, STEAM outreach groups and professionals working in science and engineering industries. The event aimed to create a safe, collaborative space to discuss how we can all work better together to create positive STEM learning outcomes for our tamariki.

The evening kicked off with an inspiring address by Sheryl Cornelius, Executive Director and People Leader – Asia Pacific, APAC & Global Advisory at GHD. A passionate advocate for diversity in STEM, Sheryl shared her insights on the importance of supporting our young people and fostering an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive.

Following Sheryl's speech was a panel discussion guided by our STEM Alliance manager, Ying Yang. Panellists Kate Stevenson (Institute of Enviornmental Science and Research), Jason Tahi (Pūhoro STEMM Academy), and Evo Leota-Tupu (Pacific Kids’ Learning) each shared about their work in the STEM outreach and education space.

Together with the audience, the panelists explored the challenges and opportunities faced by those working ‘on the frontlines’ of STEM community engagement. Their unique perspectives and experiences offered valuable insights into different approaches to engaging with communities, and how to overcome barriers like finding the right partners to work with and navigating school systems and timetables.

Collaboration requires coordination – and STEM Alliance can help!

A key takeaway from the event was to listen to students and find out what they need to break down the barriers to STEM. Then we can start to look at how industries can partner effectively with teachers and school communities to boost student learning. A coordinated approach is vital, and it was encouraging to hear the audience and panelists speak to the value that STEM Alliance’s networking events bring. It reinforced STEM Alliance’s mission to be a connector and advocate for effective community engagement across the STEM sectors.

“I gained great insights into what other STEAM providers are doing and the impact it is having, especially for Māori & Pasifika students. It would be great to have networking sessions like this more often.” - Attendee feedback.

The evening concluded with a lively networking session, where attendees exchanged ideas and formed new connections. The kai was delicious, drinks were flowing and the buzz in the room was palpable. A true testament to our networks’ shared commitment to shaping a brighter STEM future for Aotearoa.

Want to join in the action?

In 2024, the STEM Alliance team are planning even more networking events. We want them to get bigger and better! If you have attended before, bring a friend along or share future events with others. If you haven’t attended previously, these events are a great way to find out more about STEM Alliance and tap into our amazing network and resources.

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