Our Girls in STEAM Electric Car Project commences soon!

Girls in STEAM Electric Car Project

Semester 1 Activities, 2021


Bendigo Tech School’s Girls in STEAM Electric car commences soon! Thanks to a significant philanthropic donation, this exciting project is ready to launch. We are now seeking girls from all Bendigo Schools to form the project team. All secondary girls in the Greater Bendigo region are eligible.


What is the Girls in STEAM Electric Car Project?

In partnership with Jaunt Motors, Kangan TAFE, Thales Australia, and the Discovery Science and Technology Centre, Bendigo Tech School will create an electric car to be made available for hire as a community enterprise. This exciting project is aligned with our future transport and new energies focus and will start an important narrative for students and the Bendigo Community about automotive waste, upcycling, future transport sustainability and Girls in STEAM career pathways. Get the project outline here




What activities are there?

The project will run over 12-15 months and will include industry tours and visits, guest speakers, practical activities, talks and workshops with industry mentors and the opportunity to develop automotive knowledge and skills. Girls will also be involved in the project management of the entire initiative.


Planned activities in Semester One, 2021:

9 March 

International Women’s Day Industry Tour

18 March

Parents information night

29 March

NGV Melbourne Design Week Event - Jaunt Factory Visit

Kangan Automotive Centre of Excellence Tour

April 21 - June 9

Vehicle strip down/disassembly

Wednesdays during Term 2 at Bendigo South East College



International Women’s Day Industry Tour

8.30am-4.00pm, 9 March


Girls considering joining the Jaunt Project are invited to see the exciting local jobs available in the Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing and Automotive industries. Especially recommended for Year 9 Girls considering Headstart apprenticeships. This full day tour will include two national innovation leaders in Automotive design and manufacturing, along with a visit to Bendigo TAFE to explore the  pathways that lead to these careers. Get the tour schedule here


Our tour includes visits to the following:

Safescape are a specialist provider of safety equipment for the mining industry. They have just started producing the Bortana EV, Developed to face heavy-duty challenges in mining.  We visit the factory to find out all about this innovative new electric vehicle.


Thales Group is a French multinational company that provides services for the aerospace, defence, transportation and security markets. They produce the Hawkei, a light four-wheel drive protected mobility vehicle that delivers class-leading blast and ballistic protection. We visit Thales Bendigo to see the only design and build automotive production line in Australia.


Bendigo TAFE has a has a rich history of providing education for local people and preparing them for work in local jobs. We visit the Bendigo TAFE Automotive and Engineering + Manufacturing departments for some taster activities, including designing a small project for production on advanced manufacturing equipment.


Lunch and transport is provided  Get the tour schedule here



Parents Information Night

5.30pm,18 March | Bendigo Tech School


This evening event is for girls and their parents to find out all about Bendigo Tech School’s Electric Car project, how and where it will be delivered, and how to be involved. We share the full project plan and introduce some of our industry partners.



NGV Melb Design Week - Building a Tesla powered Range Rover in high school

+Kangan Automotive Centre of Excellence Tour

Monday March 29


Full day excursion to Melbourne - depart Bendigo Station at 7.49am return at 5.53pm


Our EV project and partnership with Jaunt features as part of Melbourne Design Week 2021, hosted by the National Gallery of Victoria. Girls will participate in our NGV Design Week event alongside project partner Jaunt Motors. We will also visit Kangan Automotive Centre of Excellence, Victoria’s foremost TAFE automotive training facility. ACE brings together customised, hands-on automotive training, research and development in one precinct. ACE are assisting us with the restoration of our EV through their apprentice program.


Click here for community event registration 





Vehicle strip down/disassembly

Wednesdays 2-4pm in Term 2 | Bendigo South East College


We will commence the conversion of our donor vehicle at Bendigo South East College, who have kindly offered us the use of their Automotive training facility every Wednesday during Term 2. Over an 8 week period, we will strip and disassemble the vehicle in preparation for restoration activities. Students will undertake a workshop safety induction and be instructed in the use of tools, and will receive instruction and mentoring from industry experts. 


To find out more, contact us.





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03 5444 7113
Level 3, Engineering & Technology Building,
La Trobe University,
Sharon Street, Flora Hill