It is nationally and internationally recognised that there is a shortage of girls choosing STEM subjects as degrees, and a growing body of evidence about barriers to subsequent careers. Soroptimist International is a worldwide dynamic organisation for professional and business women who work for peace and to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities around the world. Their branch in Bournemouth has created a challenge to inspire girls and encourage them to overcome these barriers.
As part of this challenge a group of Year 8 girls at Knighton have been working together over a number of weeks this year. They have researched, investigated, discussed and collaborated with each other, as well with staff and pupils at Bryanston. After much deliberation the group have chosen to focus on improving cooking methods for people in a village in Nepal, with the aim that they could use less fuel, produce less harmful emissions and reduce the chance of injury to young children.
They completed and submitted a written report, detailing the reasons behind their idea and the many investigations they have carried out. They have also spent much time at Bryanston’s DT department making and testing their prototype.
In early March they took their presentation board and prototype to be judged at Bournemouth University. They had to make a number of presentations and they made it through to the finals. On the 21st March the girls attended the finals at Bournemouth University and we are thrilled to say they won the Year 8 Soroptimist International STEM Challenge 2019.