Gail Manton

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An innovative new project is delving into the mechanics of submersibles to showcase the varied career paths in defence and engineering that students may not usually consider.

Manager Schools Pathway Program (Maritime), Willetton Senior High School.

Willetton Senior High School students have been trialling the SUBS in Schools project where they design and build a remote controlled model submarine with working electronics, hydroplanes and ballast tanks.

Gail Manton, manager of the Schools Pathway Program (Maritime), has been championing the project.

She recently received the Founders Award from Re-engineering Australia Foundation for her efforts in encouraging careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“I am so happy that the positive impact of our STEM initiatives has been acknowledged by such a prestigious award,” she said.

“The project contains a lot of industry involvement which increases students’ practical experiences and confidence. It also develops their technological and digital manufacturing skills.

“SUBS in Schools is a logical fit for our Schools Pathway Program.”

The School Pathways Program supports projects (like SUBS in Schools), resources and industry experiences that encourage students to undertake further study or careers in STEM related fields.

The program has links with WA Defence to address long-term skills shortages in the defence industry.

When surveyed, 90% of students involved in the Schools Pathway Program said it had motivated them to continue their school studies in STEM related subjects.