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Girls in STEM: Technocamps hold an event for 11 and 14-year olds

During the spring half term, the Technocamps team at the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, hosted twenty five students aging between 11 and 14. The theme of the event was “What kind of scientist could I be?” and the aim was to introduce young girls to the incredible breadth of careers available to them in STEM, and to inspire them to consider it as a career. It consisted of a series of exciting workshops and activities led by Technocamps, Bangor University and STEM employers.

The first day commenced with an introduction from Technocamps delivery officer, Dr. Mollie Duggan-Edwards, where the girls watched videos of several women working or training in an area of STEM talking about their experiences. This was followed by a ‘Brain Games’ workshop where the girls worked in teams on a number of problem solving challenges. In the afternoon, the girls spent some time looking at how the surface complexity of seawalls affect ecosystem structures with Peter Lawrence and Paula de la Barra from the School of Ocean Sciences. The girls also had the opportunity to fly and code mini drones. The first day concluded with a cinema trip for the girls to watch ‘Doolittle’ accompanied by plenty of pizz

Day 2 started with a fantastic workshop delivered by Airbus where the girls had to design a cabin to optimise the profitability of the airline.

The afternoon involved a busy robotics workshop delivered by Nuclear Scientist, Megan Owen.

The final day started with another workshop from Megan, this time concentrating on her electronics background. 

The whole event closed with an extremely creative ‘future energy’ workshop delivered by Michelle Symonds from British Gas.

The girls had a fantastic time, describing the event as “amazing”, “empowering”, “the event made me curious to learn more”, “very interesting and inspiring”, “memorable and enjoyable.” We would like to thank all those involved. 

Feedback from one of the parents said: “My daughter is buzzing with excitement at what new avenues have opened up for her and that is why it is vital that Technocamps continue with their amazing work.”

Schools involved from Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy and Denbighshire – Ysgol Brynrefail, Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn, Ysgol Friars, Ysgol Tryfan, Eirias High School, St. Brigid’s and Ysgol Gyfyn Llangefni.

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Publication date: 18 March 2020