Siemens is partnering with the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) for a special Year of Engineering event. The event will include a live stage show and it is hoped that it will inspire 12 and 13 year old girls to consider careers in engineering and science.
A collaboration between Siemens and GSA, SeeWomen is a project that aims to tackle the UK’s shortage of women engineers. Approximately 250 girls are expected to attend the event on 6 November, from both independent GSA schools and their partner schools in the state sector. The event will be part of a government campaign called the Year of Engineering, which brings young people face to face with innovative engineering experiences throughout 2018.
The live show will be fronted by BAFTA-nominated science presenter Fran Scott and will take place at Siemens’ flagship sustainable building, The Crystal, which is located at London’s Royal Victoria Dock.
The event will be interactive and energetic, with sections on science, technology, engineering, and maths. The attendees will have the opportunity to meet women engineers and learn about their contribution to shaping the world we live in. There will also be live experiments and thought-provoking activities throughout the day, which have been designed to empower young girls to set future goals and pursue their dreams.
The collaboration between Siemens and GSA has enabled over 50 showcases for both independent and state schools, with a current engagement level of more than 2100 young girls involved in the SeeWomen movement.
GSA teachers will also hear from leading physicist and women-in-STEM campaigner Dr Jess Wade, Siemens experts, and others about the importance of more girls working in science and engineering. It is hoped that, with the sharing of resources, methodologies, and contacts more SeeWomen stage shows will be run in the future, in schools around the country. Siemens has noted that these events will have the support of local Siemens STEM ambassadors.
“Siemens was very proud to launch our very own SeeWomen initiative on International Women’s Day in 2016,” said Brenda Yearsley, Education Manager of Siemens UK. “The project was created especially for girls, to place a spotlight on modern female role models within Siemens industry and beyond. It is vitally important for girls and young women to aspire to highly-paid and rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering, and maths – not just to remedy the persistent lack of diversity in the industry, but also to ensure that women are central to shaping the world we live in for future generations.”
“Engineers are at the heart of designing the infrastructure and technology that we all use on a daily basis, so it is crucial that people of different genders, ethnicities, and social backgrounds are part of shaping a world that works for everyone,” said Nusrat Ghani, Minister for the Year of Engineering. “That is why the government is so proud to be working with organisations like Siemens to bring young people from all backgrounds face to face with engineering role models, engaging with schools in diverse areas, and celebrating the achievement of the women blazing a trail in the industry.”
“Engineering and science are full of phenomenal women, and it is brilliant that everyone is starting to celebrate them,” said Dr Wade. “We have to work together to challenge the stereotypes that stop girls from choosing to study subjects like physics and further maths – the world needs them more now than ever.”
The SeeWomen project is an innovative partnership between Siemens and the GSA. It is now in its third year and has impacted around 2000 girls from state and independent schools across the UK.
The GSA is a headteachers’ association that helps girls and their teachers to flourish.
Siemens is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability, and internationality for 170 years.
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