Twenty-eight girls from GWSC recently participated in the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport ‘Dare To Be Different’ program, attending events at the conclusion of Term 3 that were hosted by the Go Kart Club of Victoria and also Sandown International Motor Raceway.
The ‘D2BD’ initiative aims to promote opportunities for girls within motorsport, showcase female role models who have dared to be different, connect girls who are willing to spark change, whilst inspiring the next generation of young women tosmash preconceptions and prejudices allowing them to follow pathways into STEM related fields.
Our girls were engaged in a range of unique motorsport experiences, STEM challenges and exciting workshops, which were run by leading female drivers, engineers,mechanics, administrators and managers of national motorsport teams. Together they hit the track and experienced the thrill of high octane Go Karting, were put through their paces behind the wheel of supercharged V8 Supercars simulators, explored pit laneand the constructors garages at the Shannons ‘National Motorsport Racing Championships’, then also had the privilege of participating in an exclusive ‘Grid Walk’. Other highlights included the pit stop pressure test, filming a live television cross duringthe ‘Media in Motorsport’ workshop, racing model F1 cars in the coding and robotics challenge, creating special edition Supercars livery designs, in addition to completing reaction time and fitness testing.
All of our students had a great time at these ‘D2BD’ events, learning more about possible opportunities, pathways and future careers that are available to them within the motorsport industry. Thank-you to all of our Year 7 girls who dared to be different, you all represented our College with distinction during both of these events. Special thanks to Mrs Smolders and Mr Robinson for organising and supervising these special excursions for our future STEM leaders!