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Women in STEM Conference

Last Friday 18 May, 9 girls from Year 10 attended a conference at Redmaids High School with a focus on the amazing range of careers that exist in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM). It began with a really inspiring keynote talk from Dr Emily Grossman, whose accomplishments included a Double First from Cambridge University, a PhD in cancer research and a career as an actress and singer before she became an acclaimed science communicator. She talked a lot about how a lack of confidence hinders women in all careers, not just STEM. Students then went to workshops on how wearable technology can support people with chronic health conditions, how the NHS uses statistics to save lives, and how cryptography and encryption can help solve crimes. After lunch there was a dramatic performance of Ada.Ada.Ada - about Ada Lovelace who wrote the world's first computer algorithm in 1843. The conference was interesting and thought-provoking and helped students realise how modern careers are very interdisciplinary.

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