Innovative Young Mind’s (IYM) residential programme is taking place this week and once again the local Lower Hutt community has rallied to make the programme a success.
Founded in 2017 by Hutt City Council and Hutt City Rotary, the one-week residential programme offers young women in Year 11 and 12 from high schools in the Greater Wellington Region, the opportunity to learn about career opportunities in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and high-tech manufacturing).
After moving online in 2020 due to Covid-19, the residential programme is back and during the fast-paced week, 40 young women will participate in:
- Tours of laboratories and other spaces in universities, crown institutes and businesses.
- Interactive sessions where researchers and innovators showcase their research and work.
- Inspiring careers sessions led by women working in STEMM.
- Hands-on science and technology activities.
- Team-building and networking sessions.
- An Innovation Challenge where participants work in teams led by industry expert mentors.
The local Lower Hutt community is incredibly supportive of IYM. This year, the group of 40 participants are undertaking site visits to organisations in the area including A44 Games, WSP and Callaghan Innovation, and volunteers from A44 Games, Spiral Software, JDI Business Consulting, Hutt Rotary Hutt Valley and Rotary Hutt City are supporting the programme on the ground. Local organisations have also sponsored individual students for the programme and IYM is grateful to GK Shaw, TS Marine Services, Karen Kiely Ray White Real Estate, Brian Smellie (formerly of Tekron) and numerous local Rotary Clubs, for their commitment to creating innovators and industry leaders of the future.
IYM’s programmes are only open to young women, because females are underrepresented in science and technology sector and and the local community wants to change that. Organisations in Lower Hutt are committed to creating a diverse, innovative and sustainable workforce in the local area and supporting these young women to be the best they can be.