Women & Girls In Science

Pandora team photoThis week we are putting the spotlight on the achievements of female students and teachers in science, in recognition of the International Day of Women And Girls In Science.

The Pacific Hills science faculty is made up of nine dedicated women who provide amazing opportunities and a lot of encouragement for our girls to pursue science. Here are a few of our recent student achievements…

In 2019, Jemma Swaark and her team went to the NSW State Finals of the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge having designed, made and raced a 80 KM/H miniature race car. They won that event and graduated to the National Finals in Melbourne where they earned a place in the World Finals.

T04 Pandora Engineering Compliance Drawing 2In 2020, an all-girl team called Pandora entered the same competition. The three Year 10 girls, Jillian Harmeling, Erin Knocker and Zari McCrindle, went to the Regional Finals with their car and finished just 45 points behind the winners. Their car raced along the track in just 2.66 seconds which was 6th fastest. At their next show down, the NSW State Finals, the trio ranked 7th in the state and their car scorched past the finish line in just 1.287 seconds.

Jilian said "It was really fun to make an all-girls team as I'm the only girl in my engineering class. The CAD and drawing the car was hard and took along time thinking about all the aerodynamics."

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