Remember the scene in Jurassic Park when Lex resets the locking system via the computer system and saves everyone from death-by-dinosaur?
Or when Rey fixes the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Do you remember when Lyra cracks a type of symbol code and learns to read the forecasting alethiometer in Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights? They were all pretty exciting, right? Well, at the Girls in STEM event that we’re attending today, we’ll hear about the ways that non-fictional girls can choose subjects to give them the tools to do things like this! OK, so no-one is at risk of dinosaurs at this event, but there are other scary things out there that clever people can save us from.
In 2012 it was reported that only 14% of students taking up STEM (that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects were female. Since then, campaigns have been launched with the aim of increasing female representation in STEM to at least 30%.
Part of this campaign is Girls in STEM. An event delivered by Accenture, in partnership with Stemettes at Sage Gateshead on 28th January. The day long programme is bringing together 500 girls aged between 11 and 15 from schools across the North East to get involved with activities demonstrating all parts of STEM industries and careers.
Stemettes, founded by Anne-Marie Imafidon, are leading a Hackathon for the girls to create new ideas using the Hakitzu app, which teaches how to code through battling robots. There’s workshops on Raspberry Pi and Virtual Reality, and a symposium led by inspirational industry leaders, bringing all aspects of STEM to life, highlighting the creativity in what can be achieved through STEM.
It’s a fantastic opportunity for all involved and FE is really excited to take part in this brilliant campaign. We’re based in the Innovation Lounge and have brought along some fun gadgets to tinker with. We’ll also be talking about our FUTR Youth programme which includes Future Makers, young people’s workshops launched this spring in partnership with Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.
So, pop along and say hello, we may not have a Millennium Falcon to fix but you can play around with some Electro Dough and DIY Synth kits! We hope to see you there!