Year 7 and 8 girls went down to Trinity House in Tower Hill for the annual STEM Crew Maritime Show, produced by the 1851 Trust. The event is designed to encourage and inspire more girls to choose careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Year 8 pupils Yohanna and Natalia tell us how the day went.
Yohanna Year 8, Wallace
Year 7 and 8 girls went to Trinity House to learn more about science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). First we went to a session called Surprising Science. Here we learned about how science can trick our minds, and what illusions we ourselves could make, using home materials!
After that we learned about wind turbines and how they are efficient and help provide energy in an eco-friendly way. We built our own mini-turbines. The fastest one ended up generating 2.6 Volts. After a quick lunchbreak we learned about mind growth. Believing what you want in life and even if you fail, you can always try again. Finally, we were able to ask questions to inspirational women who work within STEM industries. They told us that we can be whatever we want to be in life and our gender shouldn’t stop us making our dreams come true.
Only around 12 per cent of women work within STEM industries. These kind, amazing and determined women told and reminded me that it doesn’t matter if you’re a girl, you should still dream BIG!
Natalia, Year 8 Johnson
Our trip to Trinity House was educational but at the same time fun. We met amazing women, who inspired us to believe that if we really want something, then never give up and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it just because you’re a girl, because that doesn’t matter!
Our first session was with Matt, who was an Illusionist. He taught us many cool tricks that you can do with household items! The next session was with Joe, who was a teacher, and we learned about wind turbines and how to make them. The highest voltage went up to 2.6 Volts. After lunch we went straight into a session called Growth Mindset, where we learned that we can do anything we want in life, and if we fail once that does not mean we have to be born good at it. We can always practice and improve.
We also learned how sometimes our brain needs to work slow, and how stressing will never help and sometimes you feel you just need to relax. Finally we split into groups of three and went around asking the women (from STEM industries) questions like “what inspired you?” and “what was your first ever job?” At the end we all left feeling inspired.