Inverness school pupils to get STEM career inspiration
Issued by Skills Development Scotland
Event to highlight career opportunities for S1 and S2 girls
Inverness school pupils are getting STEM career inspiration in a major event marking International Women and Girls in Science and Engineering Day.
Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) My World of Work Live! has partnered up with the University of the Highlands and Islands STEM Hub and Deepminer to host the event on Saturday 9 February.
Taking place at SDS’s digital studio on Church Street, the event is open to all girls in the Inverness area in S1 and S2.
On the day – which kicks off at 9am - they will hear from five women and girls who are working in STEM sectors about the impact of their work and how they got started.
Guests on the day will include Anuschka Miller, a marine biologist with a PhD who works as a science communicator for the Scottish Association for Marine Science in Oban and Zoe Milne a former apprentice, now Quality Engineer at Lifescan.
The girls will also get the chance to take part in interactive workshops and activities from Edinburgh Centre of Robotics, FIRST Lego League UK finalists Gravity Troopers and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Attendees will get the opportunity to discover more about the elements of the periodic table, learn about careers in nursing and the technology and the science surrounding diabetes.
There will also be a chance to ask questions on early careers in science and engineering that will be discussing students, apprentices and employees. The day will conclude with a Q&A session with representatives from SDS and UHI.
Skills Development Scotland’s Fiona Herd says: “The aim of this event is to showcase to young girls that there are endless opportunities and pathways available with a career in science or engineering. We are hoping the speakers will show girls what they have the potential to achieve and the many interactive activities will inspire the girls to pursue their interests and choose to study science or engineering during school, and into further education.”
To register to attend, free of charge, head to girlsdoscience.eventbrite.co.uk.
Science and gender equality are vital for the development of the internationally agreed Sustainable Goals of the United Nations. To achieve full and equal access for women and girls the United Nations declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
SDS is Scotland’s national skills body, with professionally-qualified career advisers working from its careers centres, community premises and in every state secondary school across Scotland.