60 Antofagasta girls graduate as leaders in science and technology

Four months into Bootcamp: Girls Leaders in STEM, a science, technology and social-emotional skills development camp developed by Ingeniosas and Escondida | BHP, within the Ingeniosas program in Antofagasta, 60 girls from the region completed the second version of this initiative in an important graduation ceremony, which allowed them to explore the world of STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics for their acronym in English – with the aim to enter these areas with a gender perspective, to inspire and change perceptions.

During 10 online and face-to-face modules spread between the months of May and September, students were inspired by topics such as astronomy, introduction to robotics, electronics, programming, science, environment, mining, geology, ICT and botany in which they developed their STEM abilities and the work of social-emotional skills, such as leadership, creativity and innovation; encouraging direct contact with leading speakers in the field. This, in order to provide them with role models that enable them to believe in the real possibilities they have when they consider these areas within their future professional opportunities.

The Bootcamp graduation ceremony was held at the historic Melbourne Clarke Dock in Antofagasta and was attended by important government officials including the Northern Macrozone Science Service, Ruben Moraga; Antofagasta Region Women and EG Series, Paulina Larondo and Antofagasta Region Education Series, Alberto Santander; in addition to community authorities, such as CMDS Director of Education, María Luz Gálvez, and authorities of the organizations leading this initiative, such as Escondida’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs | BHP, Cristobal Marshall and the CEO of Ingeniosas: Ciencia y Tecnología para Todos, Gabriela Castillo.

During the day, students and attendees had the opportunity to learn the story of exceptional astronomer Penelope Longa Peña, who shared her experiences in the world of STEM as a woman and how she faced the obstacles generated by gender stereotypes in these careers.

For her part, the executive director of Ingeniosas, Gabriela Castillo, explained that “we are very happy to have completed this program with this exceptional graduation ceremony, which sums up the importance of generating cases like this in the region and throughout the country to promote science and technologies in girls and adolescents”. Similarly, it is specified that “The Bootcamp Girls Leaders in STEM allowed 60 girls to discover the range of possibilities that science and technology have for them in a playful and practical way, reversing stereotypes, changing the perception of these topics and showing them professional paths that have not been explored before.

While, Cristóbal Marshall, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Escondida | hp, commented that “the 60 girls graduating today will be the next leaders in STEM careers. Promoting educational initiatives with a gender-based approach offers girls, adolescents and women the opportunity to have the same opportunities as men and to perform in fields that are in high demand and will grow in the future. Escondida is already working to be a more inclusive and diverse company, leading the industry with 28.14% female staff, and we continue to work to meet our commitment to achieving gender balance by 2025. Important as an industry to contribute to creating spaces to build a fairer, more just society with equal opportunities’.

2nd edition of Girl Leaders in STEM Bootcamp

Girls Leaders in STEM Bootcamp presented by Ingeniosas y Escondida | BHP is a camp to develop science and technology skills, to explore their STEM abilities and work on social-emotional skills, fostering connection with leading female role models in these fields.

The unique and pioneering initiative in the city of Antofagasta – now in its second version – was created so that girls from a young age can explore, explore and become closely involved in the fields of science, science and science, inspiring and motivating them to discover for these career paths so they can become the next leaders in these fields.

This second option brought together more than 100 applicants for the initiative, from which 60 students between grades 5 and 8 from municipal and subsidized schools were selected.

The average vulnerability index of the group was 65%, and of the total number of participants, 54.7% stated that they know a woman who is developing in the field of engineering or technology. Despite this approach, 95% of students say they have no STEM knowledge.

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