UNISA STEM Girls:
Santos is proud to support a program run by UNISA called STEM Girls. This program encourages girls to continue the study of science and mathematics throughout their schooling and into university.
Santos specifically supports girls from Whyalla and across the Eyre Peninsula to participate in the workshop-based program. Since 2019, Santos has supported a total of 45 girls from years 9 to 12 to further their career in STEM.
Two Santos graduates, Laura and Madison, spent time with the students at UNISA’s Mawson Lakes campus and discussed their own STEM career pathways. In the middle of the year, Port Bonython Plant Manager, Terry, contributed by taking part in a panel session.
This initiative commenced in response to state and national agendas to increase the number of females in STEM careers where there continues to be chronic underrepresentation. STEM skills are increasingly important to the economic and social wellbeing of Australia, with 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations requiring these skills.
The students will round out the program this year by doing a site tour of Santos’ Port Bonython facility.
Alaska Job & Science Fair:
This month, members of the Santos Alaska team visited Nuiqsut in for a community Job and Science Fair. Nuiqsut is the Inupiat community closest to the Pikka Project in Northern Alaska.
Ryan from Santos’ environmental team hosted two ASRC Energy Services (AES) contractors with two youth activities that were well received by the community. AES provided a learning opportunity to young kids to ‘mine’ a cookie for natural resources. Kids of all ages participated, extracting the ‘resources’ to ultimately earn a stamp on their activity passport. The second activity was culturally focused, offering an opportunity to hunt a tutu (Inupiat for caribou) using foam spears.
SVP Operations, Kollin, and Senior Community Affairs Advisor, Cindy, hosted a booth to talk about upcoming jobs and training opportunities for community members with Alaska’s next large oil development project, the Pikka Project.
Community programs like these wouldn’t be as successful as they are without the engagement of Santos staff. A big thanks to all for your contributions this year!