Student follows STEM dream

University of Wollongong undergraduate student Carrin Goosen had a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) from an early age.

She excelled in her subjects at high school and used her spare time to build small robotic cars.

UOW student and STEM Camp alumni Carrin Goosen (right)

It was during these early years that Carrin looked for opportunities to participate in more STEM-related activities and discovered UOW’s STEM Camp for Girls – an experience that helped build her self-confidence and gave her a place that made her feel like she “truly belonged in the field”.

UOW’s annual STEM Camp for Girls aims to give females confidence to study and pursue a career in STEM.

Each day of the Camp, participants have access to UOW’s state-of-the-art labs and workshops, where they complete as small groups hands-on activities and work on tasks with student ambassadors and academics from across the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Camp participants are taken on industry site visits and tours, where they have the chance to talk to leading female representatives from UOW’s industry partners such as Bluescope, Transport for NSW, Adelaide Brighton, Transgrid, Norththrop etc.

After attending the Camp, Carrin applied for Early Admission to study  engineering at UOW, but was overcome with nerves and could barely answer questions during the process.

“At the end of my interview I was almost on the brink of tears telling the panel how much I just want to be an engineer”.

She can look back and laugh about it now since being accepted into her dream double degree – Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronic) and Mathematics.

Carrin ultimately wants to work in design, building and implementing new and advanced technologies, particularly in computers and robotics.

“My dream is to become a technology developer,” she said.

Now in her second year of study, Carrin volunteers her time as an Engineering and Information Sciences student Mentor, a Faculty support program to help first-year students adjust to the transition of online learning due to COVID-19.

Carrin is also busy getting involved in student clubs and societies where she can further explore her passion for STEM in her role as executive leader of the UOW Students’ Aerospace Club and as head of drone technology.

Find out more about studying at University of Wollongong here.