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Inspiring Career Day For Girls Interested in STEM

Friday, 15 January 2016

Girls from Year 8 to Year 11 enjoyed an inspiring ‘Women in STEM’ careers day where they were given the opportunity to talk to a number of guests from the field of engineering. The day was designed to show girls the many different career options that they have in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) careers.

As well as pupils from Bolton School Girls’ Division, girls from ESSA Academy and Bolton St Catherine’s Academy attended sessions at the event. This was the second year that the ‘Women in STEM’ careers event has run. It was once again organised by the School’s Ogden Trust Teaching Fellow, Dr Louise Wheatland.

The pupils spoke to a number of STEM Ambassadors over the course of their session. These were Natalie Brock (Structural Engineer, WML Consulting), Kate Harrison (Civil/Structural Engineer), Jack McLear (Technical Consultant, IBM-BAE) and Eraina Smith (Civil Engineer, Capita), who could all give perspectives on the many different types of engineering careers available; and undergraduate students Rhiannon Goswell (studying Applied Physics at Manchester Metropolitan University) and Lucy Talbot (studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester), who talked about what to expect from university courses and the different routes into engineering that are available to young people.

The girls were split into small groups to talk to the STEM Ambassadors individually, and were encouraged to join in and ask questions, some of which they had prepared before the session. In particular it was great for the pupils to talk to so many women studying or working in careers related to STEM subjects, as it allowed the girls to get an idea of what it is really like to move into these fields. The informal nature of the sessions and the friendly attitude of the guests really helped the conversation to flow throughout the day.

The ‘Women in STEM’ day was once again an inspiration to the girls who attended, and gave them a great insight into the career paths they might pursue in the future.

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The STEM Ambassadors who spoke to pupils at the event

The STEM Ambassadors who spoke to pupils at the event

Eraina Smith discusses her work with Girls

Eraina Smith discusses her work with Girls' Division pupils

Kate Harrison talked to girls about some of her construction projects

Kate Harrison talked to girls about some of her construction projects