Girls learn about STEM careers at USW event

Fatima Sharif, 13, Kaitlin-Rose Drewe, 12, Chloe Edwards, 15, and Abby Watts, 13, taking part in the Girls in Stem day at USW in June 2017. Neil Gibson

Fatima Sharif, 13, Kaitlin-Rose Drewe, 12, Chloe Edwards, 15, and Abby Watts, 13, taking part in the Girls in Stem day at USW


GIRLS from schools across South Wales got to test their scientific skills during a special visit to the University of South Wales (USW).

The pupils from Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun in Penywaun, Rhondda Cynon Taf; Cardiff’s Ysgol Bro Edern; Hawthorn High School in Pontypridd; and Llangatwg Community School in Aberdulais, near Neath, took part in a Girls in Technology and Engineering Day at USW’s Treforest Campus.

The visit included time carrying out scientific challenges, including learning how to solder an electronic device, and using a construction set to build a bridge that could withstand the most weight. There was also a tour of USW’s facilities, including its aircraft hangars – which house two full-size aircraft – and other engineering and technology departments.

The event was just one that USW’s Schools Team organises to give pupils an taste of what is available to them if they continue to study at university.

Charlie Price and Megan Rolls take part in the Girls in Stem day at USW in June 2017. Neil Gibson

Charlie Price and Megan Rolls take part in the Girls in Stem day 


Sera Evans-Fear, who leads the Schools Team, said the event was well received by the girls who attended.

“We are delighted to be able to support the national effort to get more girls interested in careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) field, and welcome a number of groups to USW each year to show the facilities we have here,” she said. 

“USW prides itself on training the next generation of scientists, and ensuring they have the skills required to secure meaningful employment in a range of sectors.

"By showing pupils as young as those who visited us the exciting opportunities available to them, we can inspire them to follow a career that will give them consistent fulfilment and excitement.”

 

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