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Title: Enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education for Girls through a University-School Partnership. In "Knowledge in Action: University-Community Engagement in Australia", pp. 18-34.

Authors: Rimes, J., and León de la Barra, B.A. 

Editors: Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron and Kathryn Anderson,

Published: 2014, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (http://www.cambridgescholars.com/knowledge-in-action)

This chapter focuses on exploring the challenges of embedding practical Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs into the core curriculum of an all-girls school. This STEM education initiative is, in part, a collaborative arrangement between the school and the School of Engineering and ICT at the University of Tasmania, Australia. The collaboration sees the School of Engineering and ICT working in a community engagement role as change-agents and advisors in assisting school-based practitioners to create and sustain a STEM program (http://www.utas.edu.au/stem) in the school curriculum. Engagement with the school sector in the STEM fields should include faculties of education and should greatly benefit from the direct involvement of STEM faculties that could provide access to real-world expertise and much needed contextual knowledge and resources.