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Girls in STEM

06 October 2017

A group of Year 9 girls recently had the chance to take part in the Girls in STEM day at the University of Birmingham. The day involved a range of inspiring, interactive activities, talks and tours to encourage female Year 9 pupils to continue studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at GCSE, A-level and beyond.

After a brief introduction, the hard hats and gloves went on as the girls were given a civil engineering challenge: to build a suspension bridge that each member of the team could then walk across. Following lunch and a tour of the campus, the girls then participated in a workshop looking at how we can use mathematics to trace infectious disease back to its source. All of this was modelled using the spread of the slightly safer chocolate around the room.

The girls had a fantastic day and special mention must go to Mary Smith-Holmes who bravely took on the role of the Centre for Disease control, complete with a special CDC bucket on her head!

 

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