Girls in STEM 2017.
On the 7 February 2017 Accenture a global professional services company) hosted Girls in STEM events across the UK for thousands of girls aged between 11 and 13. The events took place in London, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Manchester, where the girls had the chance to try their hand at coding, take part in workshops and hear from inspirational speakers from the STEM sector.
We took a group of girls to the London event. Here is a report on the day.
When we arrived at the Royal Institute, there was a woman from a group called the Stemettes, talking about STEM (Which stands for science, technology, engineering and maths) and how great it is. There was loads of different schools from all over London who arrived and the company was trying to get more schools from all over the world (including India and America) to become more aware of STEM careers. After a few professionals talking about how they became interested in STEM we had to come out of our comfort zone and mix with all the other schools. To get into little groups and work with completely new people. The first real challenge that we had to complete was building a remote-control car robot. This is definitely harder than it looks! We had to start from nothing and build our way up. It was very challenging. As well as building the car, one or two people in each group had tablets to write a computer code so that the car could move as directed. It was really fun working with new people and seeing our end results which ended up really good.
During lunch we were asked to take part in an interview with Stylist Magazine called - Learning to fly: meet the teen girls battling a culture of bias. This article highlights Accenture’s research and explores some of the attitudes towards STEM subjects and future career aspirations amongst teenage girls. The interview was really fun and quite interesting because the questions asked made us really have to think outside the box and creatively.
After lunch, we looked at some science activities including building a chair out of paper and dry ice methane bubbles. Then we played a game called Trading where we had to use math skills as well as teamwork and negotiation to make the most money. The day finished with a discussion session with panel of women involved in STEM careers. The main thing I learnt was to always follow your dreams and not let anything hold you back.
The trip was really fun and helped me use my skills more practically in ways I couldn't even imagine and meeting new people is always fun and as a whole it was extremely inspirational.
Akira - Y9
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STEM cinema trip - “Hidden Figures”