Inspire Her: Te Whakatipuranga Wahine

Empowering the Next Generation of Maori and Pasifika Leaders in STEM

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Wednesday, October 11, 2023


At She Sharp, our mission is to actively engage a broader range of Maori and Pasifika female students by equipping them with the knowledge, network, and skills to enter STEM industries. We are dedicated to inspiring and empowering the next generation of talent from these communities to explore and embrace the dynamic world of STEM and the digital domain through immersive hands-on workshops on topics such as AI, AR, and robotics.

On Wednesday, October 11th, we will be hosting our first STEM conference for Maori and Pasifika girls in years 11-13. The event will take place at AUT (South Campus, Manukau). We are thrilled to offer this free event, as it aligns with our goal of empowering Pasifika girls as future leaders in STEM.

The conference will commence at 9:00 am - 3pm and will include hands-on workshops in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality. Additionally, we will feature Pasifika experts and role models in the STEM fields. Our aim is to ignite curiosity and inspire students about potential careers in technology.

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Meet the Speakers

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PVC Pacific AUT, Associate Professor - Pasifika EC

Jacoba Matapo

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Founder of KidsCoin

Brittany Teei

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Founder of Pacific Kids' Learning

Evo Leota-Tupou

Meet the Workshop Leads

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The Amazing Robot Maze Workshop Lead

Dr Mahla Nejati

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ImmerseHer "Virtual Reality" Workshop Lead

Lesieli Oliver

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SparkSTEM Workshop Lead

Dr Dulsha Kularatna Abeywardana

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SparkSTEM Workshop Lead

Aneela Lala

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Introduction to Augment Reality Workshop Lead

Nils Reardon

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Introduction to Augmented Reality Workshop Lead

Nischay Gupta

Meet the Expo Holders

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Centre for Automation and Robotic Engineering Science

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Our Event sponsor

AUT | Google

AUT is focused on providing exceptional student opportunities, learning experiences, and graduate success by impactful research and industry connectivity.

Google supports all Kiwis towards a digital future. Google New Zealand started with just one person in 2007 and has grown to around 50 people now based in Auckland and Wellington. The team works to help Kiwis find new ways to collaborate, reach audiences and get things done. Google is committed to helping all Kiwis with the digital knowledge and capabilities they need now and in the future.

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The Amazing Robot Maze Workshop

Learn about how computer systems, like robots, can be useful in many domains like healthcare, speech, and orchard harvesting. You will gain first-hand experience on the importance of software engineering to enable robots to function in these domains. You will make design decisions, develop code and race your robot to the finish line!

ImmerseHer "Virtual Reality" Workshop

Are you ready to step into the future of technology? Welcome to "ImmerseHer: Virtual Reality," where you'll embark on an exciting journey into the world of virtual reality (VR).

This workshop is led by Daniel and Lesieli Oliver, founders of Lālanga, current Technology teachers themselves, holding a passion for education and technology.

What to Expect:

Hands-On Experience: Dive into the world of virtual reality by exploring various VR applications.
Grow in your Capability: This workshop is your chance to expand your technological skills and understanding. Daniel and Lesieli will share their wealth of knowledge to empower you with the tools you need to thrive in the tech-driven future.
Discover Your Place in VR: Ever wondered where you fit in the future of virtual reality? This workshop provides insights into the vast possibilities and career paths within the VR industry. You'll gain a clearer understanding of how you can contribute to shaping the future.

Join Daniel and Lesieli Oliver at "ImmerseHer: Virtual Reality Workshop" and prepare to be amazed by the endless potential of VR technology. Whether you're a tech enthusiast or simply curious about the future, this workshop is your gateway to the exciting world of virtual reality.

SparkSTEM: Exploring Electrical Engineering Workshop

Join us for an electrifying workshop where IEEE Women In Engineering joins forces with Little Engineers to demystify the world of Electrical

Engineering and bring it to life through engaging, real-world applications. Discover the fundamental principles that power our modern world and get hands-on with interactive activities that make learning a shockingly fun experience. Whether you're curious about circuits, intrigued by electronics, or just want to light up your knowledge, this workshop is a sparking opportunity to explore the sparks and currents that surround us every day. The workshop will be conducted by Dr Dulsha Kularatna-Abeywardana & Ms Aneela Lala who are both electrical engineers.

Introduction to Augmented Reality (AR)

Introduction to Augmented Reality (AR): Providing an overview of AR technology and its applications.

Demonstration of Quiver AR Colouring Sheets (STEM Focused): Showcasing how Quiver AR Colouring Sheets can be a valuable STEM learning tool.

Quiver AR Digital Environments: Exploring the immersive possibilities of Quiver AR Digital Environments.

Quiver AR Masks: A glimpse into the engaging world of Quiver AR Masks.


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