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XX Factor Women's Market and Community Fair

01 Aug 2018

The community of Greensborough and surrounding areas across Banyule and Nillumbik, will celebrate women working in fields as diverse as wearable technology, environmental science, biotechnology and engineering, as part of a Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM) exhibition and community fair.

Member for Eltham, Vicki Ward will host the community event titled – XX Factor Women’s Market & Community Fair on Sunday 26 August inside the brand new multi-million dollar Banyule Nillumbik Tech School at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Greensborough Campus.

The event boasts its first ever women’s market, with stalls as diverse as jewellery, makeup, recycled fashion, cakes, and cookies, that will complement the exhibition STEMpowered featuring 10 Women across diverse fields of STEM.

“It is an opportunity to celebrate the incredible number of local entrepreneurs and small business owners in our community” says Tech School Director Skylie Massingham.

This community event is for the whole family, featuring a Women in STEM exhibition, local fire brigade demonstrations, live music, kid’s entertainment, Tech School demonstrations, food, coffee and much more.

“It’s an opportunity to showcase this campus as a precinct” says Melbourne Polytechnic Chief Executive Officer Frances Coppolillo.  “We have seven organisations on our Greensborough site and we are opening the doors so the public can access the great opportunities available to them right here in Melbourne’s North”.

Araluen’s Chanzes café will serve coffee and a range of food, Diamond Valley Learning Centre students will run a Big BBQ, Careers Education Association Victoria will provide careers advice and CV support, while Melbourne Polytechnic will provide guidance on course options.

The STEMpowered exhibition is presented by Her Place Women’s Museum Australia with support from Department of Education and Training and Royal Society Victoria.

Nine of the exhibitions will tour the 10 new Tech Schools being rolled out across Victoria in 2018–19. The 10th women, Teodora Raducan, an engineering, Mechatronic and Robotic graduate at La Trobe University was chosen by the local community of Banyule and Nillumbik to feature as a ‘local hero’.  An interview will be conducted by local student Sarah Van Putten of Montmorency Secondary College on Friday 3 August, will feature as part of the exhibition.

The Victorian Government has invested $128 million to establish 10 Tech Schools across the state as part of the Education State reform agenda.

For more information, contact:

Banyule Nillumbik Tech School Director

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