Girls in STEM 2017

Girls in STEM
On Tuesday, a group of Year 8 girls were up early and heading to the Sage in Gateshead for a day of STEM activities. Girls in STEM is an international event run by Accenture, designed to encourage girls to consider carriers in science, technology, engineering and maths. As the first school to arrive, we had the run of the Innovation Lounge and the girls wasted no time in getting involved with some of the drop-in activities. The first hour or so was spent soldering circuit boards, exploring virtual reality, finding out about Bloodhound SSC and making their own smoothies using pedal power.
Following a big introduction and welcome talk in Sage One (the largest of the venues), the girls were with the Stemettes, building and programming their own driverless cars. This involved splitting into sub teams, responsible for building the vehicle and programming the instructions which would be beamed wirelessly to the vehicle. This was a really hands-on activity with the girls using teamwork along with learning many new technical skills.
Lunch provided a chance to dip back into the Innovation Lounge where the pupils took part in a bridge building challenge as well as meet Watson, IBM’s latest artificial intelligence programme.
There were a further two workshops in the afternoon involving 3D printing and cyber security, before it was back into Sage One for a question and answer session with a panel of women who work in STEM. This gave a chance for the girls to really get to grips with what STEM careers involve and to find out about the opportunities that are open to them in the future.
Girls in STEM was an excellent event for all the pupils who attended and well worth the early start. Many thanks to Mr Freeman-Griffith who looked after us so well throughout the day and we’re already looking forward to next year’s even bigger STEM day.
For photos of the event click here.

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