We were delighted to host the 7th “Skirting Science” event for the third consecutive year, last Thursday when over 180 female students from secondary schools in the local area attended. The girls who came from a host of schools and colleges in North Somerset, Somerset and Bristol, were chosen for their potential to progress to university and study a science subject, or are considering a science related career.
The Skirting Science events aim to address the gender imbalance in certain science careers. It helps girls make informed decisions about these careers; not those based on misconceptions such as all scientists work in labs. It gives the girls a chance to meet science role models and learn from their experiences. This award winning event brings together Year 9 girls and science professionals and is organised by the local members of Soroptimist International. Each science professional delivers a workshop that provides a hands-on experience of their career.
The day was supported by local dignitaries Alan Peak, Deputy Mayor of Weston, and his Deputy Mayoress, Jacqueline Peak, who were delighted to be invited to this innovative event. The keynote speakers for the day were Anna Baker and Camilla Osmiani, both are PhD students in the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science at the University of Bristol. There were 15 workshop all supported by businesses large and small. Everyone had an amazing day and all the girls commented about how they had learnt about jobs they had never heard of before and felt confident to consider science subjects for A Levels and beyond. I’m sure this event will have a positive impact on subject choices for GCSEs.