Girls in STEM

posted 13 Mar 2018, 07:54 by N Nelson

On Friday 9th March, thirteen Year 7 Ryde Academy students attended the ‘Girls in STEM’ (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) event organised by the 1851 Trust, the official charity of Landrover Ben Ainslie Racing. The Trust runs a number of events and activities to inspire young people, recognising the diversity of their skills and interests and the importance of STEM subjects to their futures.

The aim of this particular event was to increase participation, contribution and confidence of girls in STEM, introduce girls to positive and inspiring female role models and encourage them to study STEM subjects at further education.

There were a range of activities which students could take part in including Robotics, the Glam Science stand, where they made slime and ice cream, speed networking (groups of students had seven minutes to speak to women working in STEM including satellite designers, sailors and design engineers) and build yacht sails to test in the wind tunnel.

As well as all the hands on activities students also did a workshop on product design. Working in groups, they were given an everyday object which they had to improve on, decide who their target audience was and come up with a name and marketing plan.

At the end all the schools came together and were able to ask a panel of women working in STEM questions about their jobs and career paths.

As an unexpected bonus they also got the chance to see a model of the Mars Rover in action.

Mazie Callaghan age 11 said ‘Today has opened my eyes to the opportunities in the world of STEM. I thought it was all about coding but now I know it’s also creative and not boring!

Maths Teacher, Emily Ball said ‘This event has been amazing for our girls, and made them realise that they can get into STEM careers with different skills and interests - it’s not just about always being the best at maths or science. The main outcome of the day was that the girls felt inspired about STEM careers and more confident about the pathways they could take to get there.’