This May, more than 250 girls from schools and Sixth Forms across Norfolk and beyond enjoyed a unique insight into science, technology and engineering careers at a new event shaped and created by a group of fantastic Norwich High students.
Inspiring Females: STEM took place in the John Innes Centre at Norwich Research Park with girls from Sheringham, Wymondham, Long Stratton, Reepham, City of Norwich School, Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form and Ormiston Victory Academy, as well as fellow GDST schools in Northampton and Sydenham all in attendance.
The event was designed to engage girls aged 15-17 in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, showcasing the breadth of career opportunities available through a mixture of Q&A panel sessions, interactive workshops, TED-style talks and speed mentoring opportunities.
Students met 19 inspiring women all currently working in STEM industries, and enjoyed an opportunity to network with their mentors, and explore key issues in science, art and diversity.
Guests ranged from Professor Dame Caroline Dean, Project Leader in Cell and Developmental Biology from the John Innes Centre and Dr Jess Wade, Postdoctoral Researcher (Physics) from Imperial College London, to Dr Mandy Hartley, author and founder of The Little Story Telling Company and Miranda Lowe, Principal Curator form the Natural History Museum.
Many other high profile organisations were represented including Aviva, Norwich Research Park, the UEA, NUA, Cambridge University, the Wellcome Collection and Statoil.
One Year 10 student said of the event, “Having the chance to take part in a STEM event was not only empowering and inspirational – it was important. It was such an amazing atmosphere and I felt at home surrounded by a group of like-minded females.”
Sophie Prosolek, a speaker and PhD Student at the Quadram Institute, gave girls this fantastic advice: “Don’t put yourself in a box – you’ll end up limiting yourself to the size of that box.”
Kirsty von Malaisé, Headmistress of Norwich High School for Girls, said “It was gratifying to see so many girls from across Norfolk embracing this opportunity and we are delighted that there have been some real lightbulb moments! Thank you to all of the guests who volunteered their time to connect, empower and educate all of the young women who attended.”
The next event which the team is currently shaping is the Inspiring Females Summit which takes place on Monday 2nd July. If you would like to find out more or want to get involved, visit www.inspiringfemales.org.uk
To arrange a personalised tour of the school, contact Miss Ali Ready, the school’s Registrar, by calling 01603 453 265 or emailing [email protected]