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Girls And Stem

Girls And Stem

 Trip to Imperial College Air Bus Open Day Wednesday 25th April 2018

Nationally there is now very little gender difference in the take up/achievement in core STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) GCSE subjects. However, 2017 surveys indicate that only 11% of the engineering workforce was female.  15.1% of engineering undergraduates in the UK in 2017 were women, compared with India, where over 30% of engineering students were women. The proportion of young women studying Engineering and Physics has remained virtually static since 2012. Only around 20% of A Level Physics students are girls and this has not changed in 25 years.

We have high expectations for all of our students and are dedicated to inspire and raise aspirations of girls who will be receiving their option choices, ready to start their GCSEs. We hope that the trips and opportunities inspire them to consider choosing STEM subjects at further and higher education, building the foundation for a successful future.

Y9 girls spent the day at Imperial College’s Aeronautics Department Airbus Open Day. Students explored how Mars Rover racers worked. They also had the opportunity to build and test their own nanorover, ensuring they included solar panels, an antenna and a camera. 

Students also learned about wind tunnels - why they are so important in the engineering process of designing a plane and explored how a plane is designed.


In addition, they assessed the trim ability and stability of planes by testing model planes.

The most enjoyable part of the day was having the opportunity to use a real life flight simulator.

Ms Rahman

 Learning from Every Situation – The Bow Way