ATC hosts event to get girls into science and technology

Bradford College has been doing its bit to help redress the gender imbalance in 'STEAM' careers.

With far fewer women than men working in jobs in the science, technology, engineering, arts and maths sectors, the college put on an event to inspire girls to consider pursuing such professions.

Schoolgirls from Appleton Academy, Bradford Girls Grammar and Samuel Lister Academy attended the 'Women in Steam' fair at the college's Advanced Technology Centre.

The pupils got to hear from local employers and try out equipment such as 3D printer pens.

Among the companies represented were engineering firm Appris, Syngenta, Yorkshire Water, British Army, City Trainings Services and West Yorkshire Police - whose fingerprinting stall proved especially popular with the visitors.

In a gaming workshop the girls enjoyed a taster session of using Maya, 3D animation and modelling software.

They were also treated to a 30-minute drama, called Humbug, on a brief history of science, performed by students from The Northern School of Creative Industries.

Elaine Macha, head of chemistry at Samuel Lister Academy said: “I think it is an excellent opportunity to promote STEAM careers to female students.

“It is important they see and hear about the diverse range of work opportunities that exist in those fields.

“It is good for them to get out of the classroom too and get hands-on with some interesting and unusual equipment.”