STEM: Science, Technology , Engineering and Maths.
We at South Morningside feel very lucky to have been the only primary school to be invited to the ‘Girls in STEM Edinburgh Event’ at the National Museum of Scotland on the 28 January 2016. Similar events took place in four other cities across the UK and Ireland that day, bringing together approximately 1,800 school girls aged 11-15.
Representatives from our three P7 classes, along with girls from Boroughmuir and other Edinburgh high schools, were treated to a fantastic day of talks and workshops.
These wonderful photos, by photographer Mike Wilkinson, really tell the story of the exciting day.
Here is what Hannah, Anya and Ellie (P7B) had to say about their day:
“At 9.00 in the morning everyone bussed to the museum, not sure what to expect. The day started off with a very inspirational talk by four ladies who have careers in the STEM industries. We got to talk to them and ask them questions and got some excellent answers.
After a biscuit-filled break it was time to start the fun! We were shown how to use Java script, which are commands that you can use to programme. We used Java script in a game called ‘Code Warriors’ and we got our warriors to move and attack the other player.
After a delicious lunch of crisps and sandwiches we got a talk by the Education Minister, MSP Angela Constance, and had time to work again on our ‘Code Warriors’ game. There was a competition to see which of the codes was the most successful, won by two girls from Currie High school.
The day ended with a fascinating talk by a Marine biologist. We were delighted to get a prize for our school – an ASUS 7” tablet – and each girl received a wonderful goody bag!
We returned on the bus with a brain filled with motivation for our future in science and in life.
The two main messages which have inspired us were:
- Don’t let anyone stand in your way because of your gender.
- If you get a chance in life, then don’t let it drown, grasp it! ”
INSPIRE! We want to…
• Inspire the next generation of female STEM students – the girls should walk away excited by the breadth of opportunities within STEM
• Change perceptions of what STEM is really about – creativity, problem solving and collaboration
• Show the girls that STEM careers give a chance to make a real contribution to solving the challenges facing society today
(Day Overview – Teachers Guide,© 2015 Accenture)