On Monday 27th March, twelve Year 10 girls from St Mary’s visited London South Bank University to take part in a #Girls4STEM Workshop Day event as part of International Women's Week celebrations.
Year 10 student Rebecca writes: Our first impression of the university was ‘wow!’ - it was so versatile with so many different levels depending on what you want to do. We were introduced to speakers with STEM-based careers. ‘STEM’ stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. STEM careers are predicted to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022. The speakers all gave us a brief overview of their jobs and how they got there. We then played bingo – we had to move around and find people with all the things described on our lists such as ‘find someone who dyes their hair’.
Later on, we were introduced to two members of the University along with a few members of other schools. We went to another room and our task was to create an app for the well-being of the elderly by giving them ways to stay fit, eat healthily and make their lives easier. The winners were then announced in the room we started in and my group ‘My P.A.’ had won! We went to the front to collect our prizes.
I loved all the things they did for us, they ordered pizza for us, gave us prizes for our hard work, organised speakers with busy schedules to talk to us and even gave us beautiful, intricate cupcakes with the name of the university on them!
I found this day incredibly productive and inspiring; #Girls4STEM taught me that you shouldn’t let stereotypes of gender define you and what you want to be. I am so grateful I had this experience to socialise and meet new people because it taught me that you don’t need to know someone for a long period of time just to get on with them and create a successful project. I had so much fun working with girls from other schools to create the app and won a prize that I didn’t even expect!
At the beginning of the day, we were asked “Who would like to have a STEM-based career in the future?” and there were about two hands raised. By the end of the day, we were asked the same question again and almost the whole room had raised their hands, including me. STEM completely changed my perspective on STEM-based careers and showed me that you can do anything you want to, the only person restricting yourself is you!
For the girls of SMCH, all our aims are the same: to be successful and happy.