Year 11 pupils attend GSA STEM Conference

Tuesday 24 October 2017

On Wednesday 11 October, twelve girls from Year 11 travelled to the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology. They attended the GSA’s ‘Girl Power’ STEM Conference entitled ‘STEM Solutions towards a sustainable world’.

“The conference focused on women in STEM and the pathway to a scientific career. We heard speeches from many different industry professionals, including the director of clinical development at MedImmune, a PhD Astronomy student studying at the University of Cambridge and a long-standing design engineer for the Global EMIT project.

We also took part in a workshop entitled ‘Shelter for the world’ in which we looked at the challenges of building structures in developing countries or in areas at high risk of natural disasters (such as Japan). This was led by a Civil Engineer.

The day concluded with a talk from a Cambridge admissions tutor about acceptance criteria and inequalities in STEM-related courses.

Overall, we really enjoyed the day: it was an enriching and enjoyable experience. We learnt a lot, from both the visiting speakers in all different fields and the other students with whom we shared the experience. It gave us insight in to different areas of work and pathways to a future in science.”

By Georgina, Year 11