Girls in Year 9 took part in a STEM careers morning on Friday. There is a shortage of girls going into STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers and the percentage of women in these fields has dropped in the last two years. As a girls’ school we want to challenge this; as part of our Careers education, a STEM morning around engineering, careers in STEM and space exploration was organised for Year 9.
We were delighted to welcome representatives from the global engineering company AECOM who led a workshop linked to structural engineering. The girls were split in to groups and tasked with building a bridge from paper which would span a minimum distance and support a weight.
As well as structural engineering, Year 9 visited the Immersive Planetarium and watched a show about the moon landings entitled “Back to the moon for good”. Finally the girls investigated a wide variety of STEM careers.
“I learned about how important it is to work as a team and communicate with various people for a successful outcome. I enjoyed reading about various STEM jobs and about what they do on a day-to-day basis.”
“I enjoyed going into the planetarium – it was really interesting to see space from a unique point of view. It was exciting to see it in 360˚!”
“My favourite part of the morning was the bridge building because it challenged my branch of thinking and brought out my creative side. Overall, I found the STEM morning very useful.”
“The bridge building challenge was fun and taught me how to think like a civil engineer.”
“The morning made me think about my future in a different way and I am now considering different opportunities.”
“I really enjoyed the morning and I am now considering civil engineering as a career. The bridge building was challenging, however it was good working as a team.”
Our thanks go to Mario from Immersive Theatres and Richard, Carmen and Ebunife from AECOM, Birmingham office.
There will be more exciting careers events and careers lunches taking place in the New Year.