STEM for Girls Birmingham

Female students from eight schools in the West Midlands attended the second STEM for Girls Day at the Signing Tree Conference Centre.

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FOCUS: Give Key Stage 3 students the opportunity to meet female role models in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) to break down gender stereotypes in these industries and encourage them to explore careers in this sector.

Over 100 students from Years 8 and 9 were invited to STEM for Girls - aimed at better educating young women about career paths in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

The event started with a guest speech from Joanne Haskins, Project Manager at Turner & Townsend and STEM Ambassador, followed by a selection of interactive workshops hosted by BAM Construction, Arup, the NHS and Acutec. Themes included construction, architectural design, radiopharmacy, medicine, physiology and digital marketing.

The day rounded off with Q&A panel where students were able to ask female business volunteers from the NHS, Royal Bank of Scotland, Wesleyan, Arup and Acutec their questions about working in STEM.



  • 99% of students that took part said the day made them more aware of their own skills and aspirations
  • 92% of students said the day improved their confidence and self belief
  • 89% of school staff said the day helped students realise the employment opportunities
  • 100% of school staff said the day helped students develop their aspirations
  • 100% of the schools involved would recommend working with Ahead Partnership


"The workshops were certainly inspirational for our students. Employer engagement has been key to the success of this event - and meeting other schools trying to make STEM come to life for students was great for me too!"

School teacher, STEM for Girls 2017 Birmingham


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