The University of Sheffield hosts STEM for Girls event

The University of Sheffield hosts STEM for Girls event

 March 17, 2020

The University of Sheffield welcomed 500 schoolgirls for its Exploring STEM for Girls event to show them the difference they can make to the world through careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The university's event at The Octagon Centre included interactive experiments, such as using a flight simulator and making ice-cream with liquid nitrogen, alongside workshops and talks on subjects such as Virtual Reality technology and robotics.

Amanda Southworth, ROSE (Recruitment, Outreach and Student Experience) Coordinator with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The University of Sheffield, told the Sheffield Star: “Events like this are really important particularly for girls because it gives them the freedom to ask the questions they may not feel comfortable asking in front of the boys.

“Companies especially are looking for the different perspectives that having both boys and girls on the team gives and the different elements they bring.

“The Exploring STEM event is about giving girls the options and the opportunities to look at things beyond the obvious. It is about raising awareness and sharing the idea that they can be a patent lawyer, as well as a research scientist or work on the oil rigs – it is such a varied and diverse subject.”

At the event, pupils were able to speak to university staff about their careers and the real-life applications of STEM subjects, and gain knowledge about career pathways and education opportunities such as the university's Discover STEM Programme.

Read the full article about the event in the Sheffield Star.

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