#NextGeneration Roadshow for Girls

It is widely accepted that there is a forecast shortage of skilled STEM workers. In addition, women are significantly under-represented in technical and engineering careers, and the gender divide is clearly seen in school subject choices.

In order to inspire more young women to pursue STEM subjects, the 1851 Trust has launched a new initiative aimed at girls in Years 7 & 8 to help them make informed subject choices ahead of their GCSEs.

Our first two events in November 2017 and March 2018 were incredibly successful with 100% of the students telling us that the day had increased their knowledge of jobs in STEM and 94% are now more interested in a career in the STEM fields.

During each Roadshow day up to 150 girls take part in a multi-activity day, combining;

  • an inspiration zone – small group sessions with female representatives from participating companies help the girls find out about the range of jobs available through studying science, technology, engineering and maths and that these careers are interesting and achievable.
  • an investigation zone – girls undertake a series of practical science and technology activities (such as coding Lego, BT STEM Crew mini-session, messy science activity)
  • activities designed to develop confidence and self-belief.

We encourage enquiries from schools looking to bring a group of up to 15 female students from Years 7 and 8, or from organisations who wish to support the event. Please contact us on education@1851trust.org.uk

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