1851 Trust’s #Next Generation Roadshow inspires girls in Science and Technology
The 1851 Trust has convened an inspiring group of young women to work alongside specialist education partners to deliver an action packed multi-activity day for 150 girls age 11-13 focused on science and technology at the home of professional sports team, Land Rover BAR and hosted by the Trust’s vice-chair, Lady Georgie Ainslie.
Building on the success of the 1851 Trust’s summer Roadshow programme, which saw over 500 young people enjoy a day of STEM, sailing and sustainability activities with the Trust in 5 venues around the UK, this Roadshow is focused specifically on girls to harness their interest in science and tech and encourage them to see the exciting and engaging careers these subject choices can offer them.
“With women making up just 9% of the engineering workforce and 28% of STEM careers, its crucial to ensure girls are not put off the subjects that interest them at a younger age by social pressures and stereotypes” said Bev Smith, Education Manager at the 1851 Trust. ‘We know that girls are interested in STEM subjects when they are younger, but this interest drops off when they come to take their GCSE’s which is why we wanted to host this day to really fuel their enthusiasm and expose them to inspiring female role models working in these careers”.
Technical partners of Land Rover BAR including Land Rover, BT, PA Consulting & Renishaw sent female graduates and apprentices to talk to the girls about their own journey’s and the choices made. BAE Systems Amelia Gould and 2017 WISE Woman of Industry Award winner hosted a ‘People like Me’ workshop aimed at breaking down girl’s perceptions and seeing themselves as future innovators.
“What a fantastic day. Some of the themes of my People like Me workshop really seemed to resonate through the day and I think the girls really took them onboard. Do something that you love and never give up”.
In addition to the ‘People like Me’ activity, the girls participated in a variety of STEM related activities in the Investigation Zone. From hands-on experiments with Glam Sci, making ice cream using liquid nitrogen and carrying out an oxidation reaction using jelly babies to looking at robotic coding and 3D printing with the University of Portsmouth and IET. The team from BT led a digital design challenge which focused on the girls using their imagination to design and present an innovative product whilstSTEAM Co channelled invention and creativity to make a rocket! The rocket theme continued in a computer simulation with Prowise, which looked at investigating the best materials, different types of fuel and the most streamline shape to allow it to fire up into space.
And in the words of the girls:
“Today I have learnt that there is different ways into engineering and science. Today has shown me how fun it can be! All of the ladies have inspired me, I would definitely think about a career in STEM now; girls can do it!” Amy, Carisbrooke College.
“I have learnt that lots of different subjects from school can start a STEM career. I am now inspired to look into STEM, today has shown me it isn’t just for the boys! My favourite part of today was definitely seeing all the role models and hearing about their jobs.” Elsa, Portsmouth Grammar School.