Girls in STEM: "The event had the impact we hoped for"

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Girls in STEM enabled students from eight Manchester schools to get hands-on tech experience at The Shed.

The recent Girls in STEM event at The Shed saw 120 girls aged 11-15 from schools across Manchester attend a packed day that included a games hackathhon, and hands-on experience of creating wearable technology and using 3D printing.

Organised by global professional services company Accenture and award-winning social enterprise Stemettes, the event was one of five taking place on the same day, with others in London, Newcastle, Dublin and Edinburgh.

The busy event included input from the MMU Hollings wearable tech group and the University’s 3D printing service.

Describing the day as “a great opportunity to engage and inspire young girls from across the north west”, Syreeta Spence from Accenture was delighted by the turnout and the response of the girls.

“The students got to make their own pieces of wearable technology and model 3D designs, but most importantly they got exposure to some of the technology careers of the future,” she said.

“It was great to hear one of the students ask, ‘What options do I need to choose to move into a career in 3D printing”. It showed that the event had the impact we all hoped it would.”

Girls from eight Manchester high schools attended, including Levenshulme, Whalley Range, Newall Green, and Chorlton.