165 pupils inspired at #NextGeneration Roadshow for Girls

The 1851 Trust’s #NextGeneration Roadshow for girls was back by popular demand for a second action packed day, with even more young people involved.

The 1851 Trust delivered an inspiring day of science and technology for 165 girls aged 11-13 at the home of Britain’s America’s Cup Challenger, Land Rover BAR, led by 4-time Olympic gold medallist, Sir Ben Ainslie.

The 1851 Trust, the official charity of Land Rover BAR, is a dynamic and innovative education charity committed to creating opportunities to inspire young people to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

The Trust’s focus on girls comes as it is reported by WISE (campaign for gender balance in science, technology and engineering) that women make up just 11% of the engineering workforce, and 24% of STEM careers overall.  The Trust’s roadshow days help to challenge perceptions that might put girls off. 16 leading STEM graduates and apprentices were also on hand to talk about their careers, including from BAE Systems, BT, Land Rover BAR, Airbus, and Lewmar.

Bev Smith, the 1851 Trust’s Education Manager commented:
“Our day last year was a tremendous success. 100% of the students told us the day had increased their knowledge of jobs in STEM and 94% are now more interested in a career in science, technology and engineering. We are delighted that the support we received after the last day means that today was possible. The 165 girls we hosted here today are about to make their GCSE subject choices, and we hope that by taking part in today’s activities, we have fuelled their enthusiasm for science, technology and engineering.”

To inspire the pupils there were a range of activities throughout the day including an inspiration zone for pupils to find out about the range of STEM jobs out there, an investigation zone for them to get real life hands-on experiences of practical science and technology activities, and workshops to develop their confidence and self-belief.

Pupil Rosie Mitchell from Noadswood School said:
“Today has been fun, learning about science and all the jobs you can get. It is great to think I could do these when I am older. I’ve been able to ask people about their careers and we were able to be hands on too – we can’t do this in the classroom, so this is great. I never thought I could design a rocket but now I can see this is possible for me because of today.”

Kathryn Hughes teacher at Priory School commented:
“Today has been brilliant, at lunchtime the girls were all saying that no one would think about these kinds of careers. You think about being a teacher and a hairdresser, but no one thinks about talking to them about engineering or the sciences, it’s just brilliant. The work the 1851 Trust is doing is fantastic. The pupils have their teachers and family to help advise but the majority of the time they will follow a career that is already in their family, so it is nice for them to see people out there in different industries to show them they can do this. The girls are so intrigued and interested about a STEM career now.”

The 1851 Trust’s activity is supporting the Government’s Year of Engineering, a campaign to celebrate the world and wonder of engineering. The Trust is keen to work with other engineering companies to deliver unique experiences for young people that will change the way they think about STEM subjects and their futures. If you are a corporate or education partner and would like to learn more about the 1851 Trust’s work, please email Ben.Cartledge@1851trust.org.uk.

The 1851 Trust hopes to run more inspiring Roadshows for young people throughout the year, further information on these can be found on their website www.1851trust.org.uk/projects/.

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