Girls encouraged to start career in science

PUBLISHED: 13:00 04 July 2016

Weston Soroptimists Skirting Science event.

Weston Soroptimists Skirting Science event.

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More than 150 girls from secondary schools across North Somerset were invited to take part in an event which encouraged them to consider a career in science.

The girls were chosen for their potential to progress to university and study a science subject and who had not considered a science-related career.

The Skirting Science event, held at Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College in Weston-super-Mare for the fourth year, aims to address the gender imbalance in certain science careers and tackles misconceptions about working in science.

The event, which is organised by women’s welfare charity Soroptimist International, gives the students the chance to meet scientists and try their hand at some different tasks and experiments.

There were 13 workshops run by various businesses, including one run by the NHS, which looked at the importance of pathology results and one run by engineering company Renishaw, where girls could build and test a racecar


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