Tuesday 16th October was no ordinary school day for ten lucky year 7 and 8, St John Fisher College girls, who were granted the exhilarating opportunity to participate in the Dare to be Different Day.
Run by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sports (CAMS) in partnership with Triple Eight Race Engineering (Australian Supercars Teams), Dare to be Different Day is an international program for 8-12-year-old girls, that aims to inspire girls to consider career paths less travelled in STEM industries and in particular, the motor sports industry.
With only three schools across the greater Brisbane region selected to participate, the privileged ten travelled with great anticipation to Triple Eight Race Engineering at Banyo, where they were gifted a school day they will never forget.
“The girls who were selected to participate in the program are high achieving STEM students who embody the very spirit of the school, that is to reach for the stars, think outside the square and never say never," says teacher, Susanne Perey.
“It was a unique opportunity for the girls to be mentored by a team of successful female mechanical engineers and so wonderful to see them come away empowered and inspired".
One year 7-student, Natasha remarked; “Being here today has made me realise you can do whatever you want in life as long as you believe you can do it and never give up."
“It's been a really big privilege and honour to be mentored by a professional driver" said another student, Ma'u.
“Providing girls with a holistic education is more than a phrase we like to print in brochures", comments Principal Cathy Galvin.
“Dare to be Different Day is a unique and exciting opportunity for our girls to mingle with female role models who have made it in the STEM industry, whilst getting their hands dirty in a variety of action-fuelled activities.
“This is real world learning its finest and the girls involved have come home with a newfound interest in cars and engineering, opening their eyes to the endless opportunities that lie ahead".