Earlier this year around 1500 girls aged from 11-14 participated in three Accenture sponsored “Girls in STEM” events held in London, Manchester and Newcastle. Forty students from Lilian Baylis Technology School and 21 students from Hammersmith Academy spent an amazing day with around 500 students from other London schools at The Crystal in London Docklands with the aim being to ignite girls’ interest in STEM and expose them to the variety of STEM-based careers.
Although the vast majority of young people in the UK (84 percent) believe that many jobs in the future will involve science, technology, engineering and mathematics—known as STEM—most girls believe that STEM jobs lack the creativity they seek in their careers, according to results of a survey from Accenture. Additionally, girls statistically see STEM based subjects as being too difficult, even though they recognise that technology will play an increasingly important role in all their lives.
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