Muswellbrook Public School students show plenty of enthusiasm for new education program, AGL Girls in Energy

FEMALE students at Muswellbrook Public School learned more about the energy industry through a new education program this week.

AGL partnered up with the Girl Geek Academy to bring the initiative to town on Wednesday, November 20.

The program, conducted in term 4, aims to teach youngsters in grades four to six about energy in a dynamic and appealing way, encourage them to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and improve the gender balance in the industry.

"A key approach to engaging and motivating students to study STEM subjects and pursue careers in STEM is to foster relationships with industry," CEO and founder of the Girl Geek Academy Sarah Moran said.

"We are excited to be working with AGL to support schools across Australia in their effort to increase the number of girls in STEM, as recommended in the federal government's Girls in STEM toolkit.

"And, the best part is, girls love it.

"Just look at all the smiling faces [today]."

The AGL Girls in Energy program explores basic energy theory, involves practical experiments, links directly with the national Australian curriculum, and includes regular breaks and lunch.

Trials, including workshops for families of AGL employees, took place in June and July at offices in Sydney and Melbourne.

But, this is the first time the AGL Girls in Energy initiative is being staged in areas around AGL's assets, such as the Bayswater and Liddell power stations at Muswellbrook.

"We are excited to trial a fun and practical program that enriches the lives of the next generation of women," AGL head of brand Yasmina Pinto said.

"Connecting with girls at primary school allows us to support them to take an interest in energy from an early age - through high school, then university and into their early careers."