24 May 2019

Celebrity Kiwi scientist inspires girls in Fiji

From , 3:02 pm on 24 May 2019

Students from squatter settlements got to see bacteria for the first time through a microscope as part of a new fun intiative aimed at getting more girls into male dominated subjects.

A camp held recently in Suva encouraged 30 young women to pursue science tech, engineering and maths, or STEM,  subjects.

Fiji also has one of the lowest poverty rates in the Pacific and the initiative is aimed at reducing gender disparities and shake up traditional expectations.

NZ science educator, Dr Michelle Dickinson, is the co-founder of Nanogirl Labs, who  says 30 girls aged from 6 to 13 years old took part in the four day camp,  but more help is needed.

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Photo: RNZ