Our Girls in STEAM Electric Car Project has commenced!

Girls in STEAM Electric Car Project

Semester 1 Activities, 2021


Bendigo Tech School’s Girls in STEAM Electric car has commenced! Thanks to a significant philanthropic donation from Kirkland Lake Gold's Community Partnership program (CPP), this exciting project is underway. There are still a few places left for students to join the project team. 




IWD Tour


International Women’s Day Industry Tour

9 March


This week we celebrated International Women's Day with the launch of our Girls in STEAM Electric Vehicle Project. The kick-off event for this project is pictured above - a local industry tour to highlight some of the automotive, engineering and manufacturing pathways available to young women in our community.


The full-day tour visited two national innovation leaders in Automotive design and manufacturing; Safescape with General Manager Allison Deadman and Thales Australia, with Joshua Di Camillo, Technical & Engineering Director. Along with a visit to Bendigo TAFE to explore the pathways that lead to automotive and manufacturing careers.

The Australian manufacturing industry currently employs over 900,000 people, with women making up 1 in 4 employees. Safescape General Manager Alison Deadman says that industry tours are important to increasing the visibility of the great engineering opportunities in regional Victoria and encouraging young women to pursue these careers. 


Girls from Bendigo South East College and Girton were highly engaged, super enthusiatic and asked some really in depth questions. We can't wait to start the EV build with this group.


We visited:


Safescape - 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 - 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. Thales Bendigo has the only remaining 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.





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

Get the Semester One 2021 Program Guide 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. Register here



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 BSE at 9.00am return at 5.00pm


Our EV project and partnership with Jaunt features as part of Melbourne Design Week 2021, hosted by the National Gallery of Victoria. This event showcases Jaunt’s role in Australia’s future transport puzzle, sparking the imagination and driving us toward more sustainable travel. Students will share their passion and interest for our project at this event, and gain insight into the EV conversion process. 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. Get the tour schedule here


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.







This project is generously sponsored by the Kirkland Lake Gold Community Partnerhip Program.



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