Students from Katoomba High spent a day in Sydney recently learning about surveying with other girls from around the state.
The 60 year 10-12 students were focused on STEM learning - the study of science, technology, engineering and maths - and guest speakers from three universities and TAFE explained pathways to pursuing careers in surveying.
In groups the students completed a series of mathematical activities at Hyde Park on March 6 using surveying equipment with the help of volunteer surveyors, to learn the practical applications of maths in the real world.
NSW Surveyor General Narelle Underwood, the first female to hold the role, attended the event and shared her experience with the students.
The federal government in last week's Budget announced $3.4 million over four years to get more women into the STEM subjects. The extra money will fund the science in Australia Gender Equity program, designed to steer more girls into STEM careers.
NSW Consulting Surveyors CEO, Michelle Blicavs, said the Women in Surveying event gave young women an opportunity to learn hands-on about the different roles and opportunities available in surveying.
''Surveying has traditionally been a male-dominated field yet it is a role that women can and do excel at,'' she said.
Ms Blicavs said there was currently a severe shortage of surveyors in NSW.
"That is set to grow exponentially unless we can encourage young people, and women in particular, into the field.
''An event like this which shows STEM learning at its most engaging and allows students to learn about the career from the people on the ground is invaluable.''
The event took place as part of a lead up to International Women's Day (Friday, March 8).