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Young female role models paint new STEM picture

18 February 2019

Westpac Wire took a look at the careers of two young women making their mark in Science. Suddenly STEM looks a lot less scary with role models like Toby Hendy and Shelley Wickham.

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EduTuber Toby Hendy (above) uses YouTube to take her message about physics and maths to the world. As one of only a few female science presenters, her channel helps to address the absence of females in science - online and in reality. Toby wants her presence to inspire girls to consider STEM subjects at school and beyond. Toby was awarded a Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship in 2017. To read more about Toby and see why she is determined to take her Tibees’ physics Youtube channel further, despite the negative, sexist commentary she sometimes experiences, see the Wire.

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Dr Shelley Wickham (above right) is a nanorobotics expert and lectures in physics and chemistry. In 2018 she was awarded a Westpac Research Fellowship. In this Wire article she opens up about the special bond she shares with her first university tutor and mentor Professor Maryanne Large (above left).

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