First Next Generation Roadshow for Girls of 2019 on International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day provided the perfect platform for the 1851 Trust to launch its Next Generation Roadshow for Girls 2019 programme. 120 girls aged 11-14, from state schools in Hampshire and Sussex, visited the 1851 Trust at the home of INEOS TEAM UK in Portsmouth for a fun, interactive day of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The Trust’s focus on girls comes as it is reported by WISE (the campaign for gender balance in science, technology and engineering) that women make up only 22% of the STEM career workforce. The Trust’s roadshow days help to challenge perceptions that might put girls off and to support their aspirations. Today marks the third year of this innovative and engaging programme run by the 1851 Trust, the Official Charity of the British America’s Cup Challenger, INEOS TEAM UK.
Under the banner of International Women’s Day, the event was also used to announce the exciting news, that the Trust has received the backing of the Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP, to deliver a STEM programme to girls nationwide with funding from the Department for Transport. The 1851 Trust will deliver its leading girls’ roadshow programme at selected locations across the UK later this year, showcasing the excitement of careers in maritime, especially those in STEM. Further information on this announcement can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/news/new-funding-to-support-young-women-into-maritime-careers
Rebecca Denny, the 1851 Trust’ Development Manager, explained: “Today is always one of the Trust’s favourite events to deliver. To host the first Next Generation Roadshow for Girls of 2019 on International Women’s Day and to use it to launch our new Roadshow for Girls programme with the Department for Transport is testament to the high quality, innovative programmes we run. It is continuously highlighted in the media that there are low numbers of women going into STEM careers, but we hope that our Roadshow programme, which we can’t wait to deliver across the country, will inspire the next generation of female STEM role models.”
To inspire the pupils there were a range of activities throughout the day including an inspiration zone with female representatives from participating companies (including Portsmouth and Isle of Wight employers, BAE, Airbus and Spinlock) showcasing the range of jobs available through studying STEM subjects and that these careers are both interesting and achievable. The investigation zone allowed for pupils to get real life hands-on experiences of practical science and technology activities and the character-building workshops helped to develop their confidence and self-belief.
Teacher Sally Adams, from Collingwood College commented, “I think today has been brilliant, it has been really, really engaging for the girls. There have been workshops which have made them think outside the box and allow them to be hands on, it has totally absorbed them. There have also been things which have made them think about themselves and their attitudes and aspirations. I think it has really engaged them, I have really enjoyed watching the girls come out of themselves, express their opinions, ask questions and support one another throughout the day.”
13-year-old Sylvie Broadbent-Smith from Priory School said: “Today has been really fun, it has been a great experience and I have learnt a lot of new things. I have learnt so much of all the things behind engineering plus girls are just as good as boys. I am going back to school more confident. I used to struggle with science, but I feel more confident going back into these lessons at school. Before today I wasn’t sure about a STEM career, but today has shown me I can have one!”
1851 Trust Ambassador Annie Lush, round-the-world sailor Dee Caffari MBE, members of INEOS TEAM UK as well as 20 female STEM professionals including graduates and apprentices joined in the day which marked the start of British Science Week. Thanks to the Department for Transport’s funding announcement the Trust is now looking forward to furthering its outreach activity with the national roadshow programme and to supporting both Maritime Safety Week and London Shipping Week.