Inspiring young women to explore science and technology
The Innovative Young Minds (IYM) programme is designed to encourage young women to explore science, technology, engineering, mathematics and high-tech manufacturing - fields we call the STEMM sector. The week-long residential programme is open to female Year 11 and Year 12 students, and runs during the July school holidays each year.
EXCITING NEWS! In 2019, we will be opening the IYM programme to young women throughout New Zealand! We will continue to hold 40 places for students from the Wellington Region.
The programme is only open to young women, because females are under-represented in the STEMM sector and we want to change that. Increasing female participation in STEMM will mean greater innovation and economic success for everyone.
Run jointly by Rotary Hutt City and Hutt City Council, our goal is to inspire young women to consider careers they may not even know exist by interacting with the diverse STEMM businesses, research organisations and education providers that our region is known for!
Read more about IYM in our 2018 programme report [PDF, 2.1 MB] or listen to one of our 2018 programme participants talk about her experience on IYM: