Leeds West Academy

STEM Careers Trip

Why is a STEM career valuable?  Why should girls aspire to work in STEM industries? How can we dispel gender stereotypes?

Girls from Leeds West Academy joined students from across the city to answer these key questions at the STEM For Girls event held at Leeds Beckett University on 28th January. The event is part of a packed programme of activities to promote equality and diversity within the STEM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

A panel question and answer session with STEM-related business representatives launched the day's programme. Inspiring interactive workshops followed, led by high profile businesses and government departments. The girls enjoyed a real insight into how science and technology play such a crucial role in the workplace, learning how to send and receive encrypted messages from representatives of GCHQ and taking part in sessions on robotics and engineering.

One student remarked: "I didn't want to leave the GCHQ session because we were enjoying so much."

Tracy Foy, who leads the STEM programme within White Rose Academies Trust, added: "some of our girls would never have considered a career in science or engineering, but today has truly opened their eyes".

The students also took a tour of Leeds Beckett University, who offer STEM-related courses leading to many of the careers being showcased throughout the day.