My name is Jessica Dennien. I am a wife, mother and engineer, a "mumgineer". I work with individuals and employers to provide insights on how balance can be achieved within the workplace whilst ensuring an efficient, engaged workforce.

A common concern heard among the STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Maths) community is the difficulty in getting girls and women engaged in STEAM subjects and pursuing STEAM careers. But a conversation not as often had is the difficulty retaining women in STEAM careers.

Retaining women in these careers can be difficult particularly when they decide to start a family. Balancing a demanding STEAM career with family life can be difficult when the male dominated system expects mothers to adapt to it rather than updating the system to allow flexibility and work with ALL parents who want to achieve a better work / life balance.

Losing this talent is not only detrimental to the women who lose engagement in the workforce, but also to businesses that experience significant talent loss. This should be concerning to employers who are experiencing these types of losses as they are losing an investment when talent and IP leave their business.

Engaging Children in STEAM - Sand Castles!

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My daughter compacting the sand in the bucket to make her sand castle

My daughter, like many other kids, loves to build sand castles in her sandpit or at the beach. She loves building sand castles and then knocking them down. 

This is another perfect opportunity to expose your children to STEAM learning dispositions!

Building sandcastles is not only super fun and creative, it is also inadvertently teaching kids about important engineering concepts like moisture content and compaction.

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My daughter made her own little sand structure!

My daughter is only 2 so does need some help making the sand castles but as I am making them I explain what I'm doing and why and occasionally she does manage to make one all by herself!

While your children are building their sandcastles talk to them about the moisture content and compaction saying they are being like a road builder.

Talk to your kids about how if the sand is too dry or too wet the sandcastle will fall over. You need to have just the right amount of water in your sand to make a strong sandcastle.

Check out this video by Science Max that shows how to make a super strong sandcastle!