On Friday 30th November a group of 20 Year 9 & 10 students visited the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in Westminster, London. The students were attending a workshop run by the government on inspiring females to pursue careers in STEM industries. The day started off with a series of meet and greet discussions with prominent females from around the country in STEM fields. These included Dr Alice Bunn, the International Director at the UK Space Agency and Dr Hayaatun Sillem, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering. The students were lucky enough to take part in Q & A sessions with both of these and a wide variety of other female experts from STEM fields, finding out about how they overcame difficulties and moved into STEM careers. A number of Whitmore students were also chosen to deliver talks to students from other schools regarding areas that they are interested in and passionate about. These included such diverse topics as 'Colourism', 'Body Image', 'Gender Stereotypes in Popular Culture' & 'Depression in Modern Youths'. After lunch the students attended two workshops on a variety of topics such as climate change, engineering, science communication and cyber security. All the students were a credit to themselves and Whitmore, gaining a great deal from a very inspiring day.
Mr Wordsworth & Miss Prest