Science and Maths students discover the value and possibilities of STEM careers
|Year 11 pupils at Berkhamsted Girls and Berkhamsted Boys have explored the possibilities for careers in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with a speed-dating style introduction to professionals working within the sector.|
Physics teacher Victoria Hyman, who orchestrated the event, said: ‘It was a really successful STEM careers speed-dating evening for Year 11 boys and girls. During the evening, the students were able to speak with professionals from 10 different STEM walks of life in small groups and learn about various STEM careers. Everyone enjoyed the evening immensely and got a lot out of it.”
At a time when it is acknowledged that females are significantly under-represented in STEM careers, Mrs Hyman added she was delighted that 45% of attendees at the event were girls.
Berkhamsted Sixth Form has a tradition for supporting pupils in this area, 169 students completed a total of 219 A-Levels in STEM subjects in 2016 with many securing a place to study a related subject at university.
STEM Careers say “People with STEM qualifications are in demand: you put yourself in a stronger position in today’s competitive job market. Studying STEM subjects leads directly to a huge variety of exciting and rewarding career opportunities.”