A group of year 8 girls enjoyed a day of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in Leeds at the beginning of February.
AQL, a telecommunications and software company, has their headquarters in the historic Salem Chapel in Leeds. The company organised the event in an attempt to inspire more girls in STEM – a subject in which is currently more male dominated.
The day started with an introduction from a woman working at the centre. She spoke about how she became part organisation dealing with telecommunication. She then introduced four other women in different sectors of the digital industry.
The students were able to take part in a Q&A session about how they got into working in the sector and the women gave very frank and honest answers to the many questions asked. The backgrounds of the women were very diverse and their journeys very different.
The girls then got the opportunity to visit stalls of other STEM companies and education providers. Bradford University’s stall was of particular interest as they did a demonstration of legal hacking on a computer system.