One of the two Year 12 Casuarina Stars who travelled to South Australia to participate in the Santos Karnkanthi Engineering School program at Adelaide University recently described it as ‘a life changing experience’.
‘I was going to take a gap year, but now I’m just going to go straight to uni!’ she said.
The other student said her time at Adelaide University ‘was really eye opening, we had some amazing experiences.’
Stars places a strong emphasis on encouraging our students to explore employment and further education opportunities before leaving secondary school and supporting them to make a successful transition.
At Adelaide University, the young women participated in a range of practical activities to develop their engineering skills, as well as attending lectures and even sitting a mock exam.
They said that one of the highlights was getting an opportunity to climb the Adelaide football oval stand and spend some time talking to the architect who designed it.
On returning to school, the young women were so enthused that they even managed to convince a fellow student, who never thought she could, to go to university next year.
That’s what Stars is all about – helping First Nations girls and young women to see what’s possible and supporting them to realise their full potential.