Student Video Competition

Celebrating the achievements of Australian women in STEM

Thank you for all the incredible entries into the She Did What? video competition. Take a look at some of the outstanding winning entries below!

At the end of 2023, we ran the She Did What? video competition. Women are under-represented in STEM success stories so we asked students to create a short video about the achievements of an Australian woman in STEM.

Students from all over the country presented on a huge range of Australian women in STEM ranging from historical figures like Florence McKenzie, to contemporary STEM stars like Elizabeth Blackburn, Karlie Noon and Laura Mackay. A number of students also featured inspiring STEM women working in their own communities.

Congratulations to the winners!

Years 5 & 6: Quinn from Victoria, Whitney from Western Australia, Annika and Sophie from New South Wales.

Years 7 & 8: Allegra from Queensland, Twinkle and Samriddhi from Victoria, Rebecca from New South Wales.

Years 9 & 10: Vedhika and Eddie from New South Wales, Charlie from New South Wales, Taylah from Victoria. 

Here are some of the fantastic winning entries. Share them with your class and get inspired by both our amazing STEM women, and our talented students!

Annette Brodie: Reconnecting the world, one device at a time

Video by: Sophia and Annika, Year 5 NSW.

Find out more about The Reconnect project.

Kathryn Liddiard: Behind the Bloodbank

Video by: Quinn, Year 6 VIC.

Tich-Lam Nguyen

Video by: Whitney, Year 5 WA.

You can learn more about Tich-Lam Nguyen's STEM journey in this great interview with STEM Women.  

Karlie Noon: Merging Dreamtime knowledge with Western perspectives

Video by: Allegra, Year 7 QLD.

Head on over to the Women in STEM profiles to learn more about Karlie Noon.

A Very Chromosome Christmas: A story about Marnie Blewitt, a genetics specialist

Video by: Twinkle and Samriddhi, Year 8 VIC.

Veena Sahajwalla: Queen of Waste

Video by: Rebecca, Year 7 NSW.

Learn more about Veena's work in The GiST lesson plan Industrial design challenge - separating materials and give students an opportunity to engage in hands-on engineering using recycled materials.

Visit SMaRT@UNSW to learn about how Veena develops innovative environmental solutions for the world’s biggest waste challenges.

Biography of Joan Freeman

Video by: Vedhika and Eddie, Year 9 NSW.


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