The GiST(The Girls in STEM Toolkit)

The GiST(The Girls in STEM Toolkit) is a resource designed to support and encourage girls and young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The GiST provides girls and young women with resources to help them understand how their existing skills and interests can link to STEM careers and study pathways. The Toolkit aims to:

  • build girls’ confidence around STEM subjects
  • support teachers and families to engage meaningfully with girls about pursuing careers in STEM
  • showcase STEM programs and activities relating to STEM and provide a range of role models for girls and young women.

The GiST is funded by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources and managed by Education Services Australia.

The Department has funded further work on the GiST to 2024, to expand upon the existing site and resources based on evidence from a range of evaluation activities.

The toolkit includes a variety of resources and materials, such as lesson plans, activities, and other educational tools that can be used to engage girls in STEM fields.

The content of the toolkit covers a wide range of topics, from coding and robotics to biology and environmental science. The Girls in STEM Toolkit include hands-on activities and experiments, mentorship opportunities, networking resources, and guidance on navigating challenges and stereotypes that girls may face in male-dominated STEM fields.

The Girls in STEM Toolkit is a valuable resource that helps to break down barriers and inspire girls to pursue their interests in STEM fields, ultimately contributing to greater gender equality in these industries. If you have time please have a look around the site.

Below are some of the lessons for Years 5 & 6 which I was able to contribute to, I was very happy and excited to be able to share. Ideas and parts of the lessons might inspire and motivate ……. give it a go!!

I am an Inventor





Sphero Slalom





Hologram Poetry





Engineering from Farm to Table





Beautiful Biomes

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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!