Young Women in STEM

Young Women in STEM (YWIS) is a platform for young women to come together and discover study, research, and career pathways available in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics sectors.

Our mission is to close the gender gap in science and technology, and inspire future generations of female innovators and sustainable technology leaders.

The world of engineering offers a vast array of exciting career opportunities, and in the coming months, we will feature leading industry experts to share their insights into some of the most dynamic, cutting-edge, and fascinating jobs that exist in the work place today.


EVolocity Wāhine

Hundreds of wāhine throughout the country have been through EVolocity’s programme. As they’ve designed and built their vehicles, these young women have embraced the world of clean tech and sustainable engineering, and demonstrated remarkable creativity and ingenuity.

Read their stories to explore what’s possible within the EVolocity programme.

Eva Donkin and Emily Makison

Year 12 students from Waikato

When did you first get involved with EVolocity?
“We joined EVolocity in our year 9, which was 2018. This year, we built a 350 Watt bike”.

What did you enjoy most about the process of building?
“We found it was really enjoyable to learn technical skills such as welding and programming, along with transferable skills like teamwork. It was also really satisfying to see it come together and to be able to gradually improve our design”.

What do you like most about the EVolocity programme?
“Race day! We enjoy the problem solving that takes place on the day to make quick fixes, along with figuring out the strategy behind each event. It is also a good experience to be surrounded by like-minded people along with professional engineers”.

What would you like to study when you leave school?
“We are both planning on doing some form of engineering. This will likely be either mechatronics, biomedical, or environmental”.

What advice/words of encouragement would you like to offer young women considering joining EVolocity?
“Just try it! It’s surprisingly easy to pick up and once you’ve got the engineering bug, you won’t be able to stop. It is also the perfect opportunity to learn practical skills that you may not otherwise be taught”.

The most valuable thing we learned from EVolocity is that engineering is a far broader field than we originally thought, and that it is used in almost every element of life.

Eva and Emily

Olivia Hotter

Year 11 student from Canterbury

When did you first get involved with EVolocity?
“At the start of 2020. In my second year, I built a 350 Watt bike that was themed steampunk”.

What did you enjoy most about the process of building?
“I really liked getting creative and coming up with something unique”.

What have you learned from being involved in EVolocity that you most value?
“One thing that I have learned is how to weld. This has been extremely helpful both within EVolocity and at school”.

What advice or words of encouragement would you like to offer young women considering joining EVolocity?
“Do it! It’s a friendly competition that is a lot of fun and lets you design something that you like while teaching you heaps of cool stuff”.

Personally, I found EVolocity really inclusive. It gives everyone a chance to show their skills.

Olivia

Siwan Lloyd-Jones

Year 9 student from Bay of Plenty

When did you first get involved with EVolocity?
“I got involved in 2019 when I was in year 7. In my third year, I built a 350 Watt go-kart”.

What did you enjoy most about the process of building?
“I enjoy learning how to use tools (getting more confident with them) and being able to do stuff myself”.

What have you learned from being involved in EVolocity that you most value?
“Technical skills, e.g. welding and wiring”.

What do you like most about the EVolocity programme?
“I like the rewarding feeling you get when you achieve something in the process of building a vehicle. When we finished our steering, we felt a great sense of achievement”.

What advice or words of encouragement would you like to offer young women considering joining EVolocity?
“Just give it a go! I didn’t think EVolocity was my thing but then I tried it and it was fun. So just give it a go even if you don’t think it is for you!”

I like seeing our karts go from scraps of metal and wood to fully working electrical go-karts we can race!

Siwan

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