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STEM day encourages girls to consider a future in Technology

Year 7 and 8 girls from Oxfordshire schools and colleges attended a STEM day at the Space Studio Banbury.

Schools and colleges were invited to send young women to the event to experience a number of workshops to give them a taste of the exciting careers in the STEM industries. The workshops included Veterinary Science, Motorsport and Science and Space.

The STEM industries continue to face a shortage of women and there is a national focus on changing this. The aim of this event was to encourage women to consider a career in STEM and to break stereotypes and broaden their horizons at a young age.

Dion Van Overdijk, Technology Faculty Manager, said: “I feel strongly that much work needs to be done to bridge the gender gap in STEM. Through my experience of running workshops with primary school children, it is evident that girls very much enjoy STEM tasks and activities but as they get older many are conditioned, often subconsciously, to think that a career in STEM is not right for them. This event has dispelled this myth for many young women in Oxfordshire and I hope that there will be many more efforts to continue this great work.”