Increasing the number of women in Drones, Aviation and Space. Established 2019.
She Flies is Girl Geek Academy’s initiative to generate conversation around gender equality in drones, space and aviation. This suite of programs was created to inspire and provide a platform for change to occur.
WOMEN IN SPACE
There are amazing women who are working hard to forge pathways and opportunities for others in the space industry. We want to celebrate their achievements and highlight the achievements of those on the way up. We want to showcase and recognise the accomplishments of those that have come before us.
WOMEN IN DRONES
Drones do more than just fly. We are working to support the growing number of women using drones for business, education, recreation and creativity. Our She Flies program involves building capacity and technical capabilities whilst increasing women representation and sparking interest in STEM.
WOMEN IN AVIATION
Women currently account for only around three per cent of pilots and one per cent of aircraft engineers in the aviation industry globally and we’re going to help change this. There’s a world of opportunities for women in aviation and not just for pilots. We want to encourage more women to pursue careers in all elements of the aviation sector.
Getting girls into space
Girl Geek Academy cofounder April Staines was a geek before it was even a thing. April runs her own business, April Storm Props, dedicated to making digitally fabricated and 3D printed costume props for the fan, collector and cosplay community.
April recently co-authored the fourth book in the Girl Geeks series, Making Magic, to inspire young girls to explore what’s possible in space. The book is about the school play “SPACETACULAR” and the Girl Geeks make space props to get the play into orbit.
Virtual reality drone racing
Dark Shadows CEO Casey Thomas created the game Drone Legion – The game is an interactive virtual reality (VR) drone racing simulator, based on the increasingly popular sport of drone racing, which involves tiny quadcopters with cameras racing around courses and obstacles at speeds up to 150km/h. Spectacular crashes are common. The game has been featured by the AFL at an esport mini tournaments, the Melbourne Open tournament and many other sporting events.
World of Drones
Dr Catherine Ball is an author, founder, and ethics advocate working across global projects where robotics and new technology meet environmental protection. Her company World Of Drones Education seeks to empower, educate, and lift teachers and educators, industry and academia with friendly, approachable, and free resources and networking.
A sought after voice in industry as director of the Aerospace Institute, Dr Ball is now working with the application of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) aka drone technology across remote communities, schools, industry, and citizen scientists. Dr Ball is leading the call for discussions around the ethics of spatial data, and commercial drone operations.
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Girl Geeks Book 4:
The school play “SPACETACULAR” is coming up and Maggie the Maker can’t wait to work behind the scenes to design the best space set ever!
But Hamsa has other ideas and Maggie is soon drawn into the spotlight. This is not Maggie’s idea of fun and, for once, she’s not afraid to say it.
Will the girl gang learn to embrace their differences and pull off a show-stopping performance?
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