Helping girls decode careers in tech
07 Feb 2017
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We were recently involved in an outreach event, in partnership with IBM, aiming to promote careers in STEM

 

​​​​​Credit: STFC

 

We were recently involved in an outreach event, in partnership with IBM, aiming to promote careers in STEM (science, technology engineering and maths) to 80 girls from high schools across the North West. Diversity in the work force is important to us at the Hartree Centre, and with 32% of companies across various sectors having difficulties recruiting experienced STEM staff, there is a real need to ensure that in future, organisations will be able to tap into all the available talent out there. When our partners at IBM suggested running an event aiming to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) careers to female high school students in Years 9-10, we were therefore delighted to pitch in and get involved!

The students experience live 3D demos in the Hartree Centre visulisation suite.

The students spent the day taking part in a mixture of talks and activities including an innovation workshop, a 3D visualisation demonstration – which took place in the Hartree Centre visualisation suite – and a 3D printing demonstration.

Careers Q&A sessions were held in smaller groups with women currently working at IBM and STFC – giving the girls a chance to ask real people working in a technical field their advice and learn about their experiences.

By the end of the day, 88% of the students said they were more likely to consider a career in science or technology.

Director of the Hartree Centre, Alison Kennedy, also presented on her own experiences of a career in technology, identifying that women have been involved in computing expertise from the very beginning – from 19th century mathematician Ada Lovelace to the communications operators and code breakers during World War II.

Read our latest blog post to find out what some of the IBM volunteers thought of the event.

Read the full news story and see more pictures​.

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