For the first time, the coeducational Australian Science and Mathematics school has appointed a Girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) co-ordinator, Karen Palumbo, to increase interest among girls in those careers.

Ms Palumbo has introduced a female-only “Robogals” class which 11 students from Year 1-11 have joined.

“It really hit me in our first lesson — students said they’d always wanted to pursue STEM courses but didn’t want to be the only girl in class,” she said.

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