GIRLS IN STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHS)!
This year’s annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) week at The Coleshill School had a focus on encouraging more girls into STEM careers. Across all the world there is a shortage of women continuing to study science, technology, engineering and maths and ultimately this leads to a shortage of women in STEM industries.
At The Coleshill School we want to change this balance and alongside our everyday enthusiasm for promoting STEM subjects, there was a real focus on encouraging the girls during STEM week. All the students took part in forensics lessons, engineering tasks and talks throughout the week, but there were also sessions just for the girls. We welcomed graduates from Rolls Royce to speak to our year 10 girls about career opportunities within the company and how to relate their current skills and interests to the aeronautic industry. Liz Greasley from JLR demonstrated laboratory equipment used to test materials and gave the students experience of different, less-well-known jobs within the car industry. During STEM club, our students took part in a 5 week project to design a method of moving a breakable object across a ‘bottomless cavern’. Our winning group, comprising of 4 year 9 girls won the competition with their ingenious mechanical crane designed and built during the project entirely by the group. We were also delighted by the success of our all-girl year 8 STEM group who took part in the local Faraday Challenge day and won!
Kathryn Rollason, STEM Co-ordinator commented“It is so important that girls realise they have the same opportunities as the boys when it comes to studying STEM subjects and applying for STEM careers. The role models the students met over the last few weeks, the activities they have undertaken and the enthusiasm shown by our students will go a long way to bridge this gap.”