By Devasena Inupakutika, Software Consultant.
How do we get more girls involved in science at school, and keep them interested when they go to university? One answer is the STEM Careers Event, which took place at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College last month of this year. Here, students were given a chance to try out a wide range of engaging tasks and find out why and how careers in science and engineering can be exciting and fulfilling for girls too.
Guiding them along were mentors from across the disciplines - including me. I was there with the rest of the Robogals Southampton chapter, and helped teach programming along with Amy Tong from the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS). Robogals, a worldwide and student-run organisation, encourages girls to consider a future STEM career through talks and workshops, and shows them the big difference they can make as engineers and researchers.
The good news on the day was that of the 80 young people who turned up, around 55 were girls. Working with groups of 20 at a time, we were able to show them how to understand the basics of infrared, ultrasonic, light and sound sensors and how to… Continue Reading