The Innovative Young Minds six-day residential program, for young women in Year 11 and 12 in 2021 at schools in the Greater Wellington Region ran over the week 11-16 July, with the aim of exposing participants to the many research and career opportunities in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and high-tech Manufacturing). Each day, the group traveled to a variety of science and technology businesses, research institutes and tertiary education providers in the Wellington region. During these visits, participants experienced hands-on science and technology activities and heard from other women who have built careers and businesses in the sector. In the evenings, the group heard from inspiring speakers, reflected on the day's experiences and got to know the other amazing young women in the group.
Research New Zealand was proud to have sponsored Kapiti
College student Kristina Bantilan to attend the 2021 residential program. Kristina has a career in Marine Biology in mind, and was a keen visitor to the NIWA offices.
" Emanuel and I were delighted to have the opportunity to sponsor Kristina. MP for Hutt South Ginny Anderson hit the nail on the head when she spoke about the elephant in the room for many women being confidence. I have no doubt that IYM will be a game changer for these talented young women." Corrine de Bonnaire