We, Stemettes, love great school trips. We get to run about 40 a year and especially enjoy the ones when we get to take pupils out of the school environment, into real world STEM ones. We did our very first school trip to fashion e-commerce giant ASOS on 5th March 2018 and had pupils from 3 London schools at their Camden HQ.
The day kicked off with a tour of everything ASOS – from the stock room, to the photo studios to their tech teams and their canteen. We then got to know lots of their #womenintech – who worked in all kinds of roles – some were developers, others product managers and a few designers too.

They had set pupils a sustainability challenge for the day – something that is very important to ASOS, but also to us as budding engineers. How could we help ASOS customers recycle better or be more sustainable in their approach to their clothes? We got into teams of 4 or 5 across the schools and got working with assigned ASOS volunteers.

The room was a hive of activity – some were working on app prototypes, some were coding in HTML to create basic websites for their sustainability service – everyone was deep in excited contemplation and working towards the pitch time. We paused for an epic lunch then continued working – to the very last minute!

Judges from the ASOS Technology Leadership team joined us late afternoon to oversee the pitches, ask tough questions, demo prototypes and pick a winning team. We also did a ‘public vote’ for teachers and pupils to decide their winner.

The day ended with a short Q&A between the pupils and our fantastic ASOS volunteers. So much wisdom, advice and guidance was given and received. Everyone left motivated, inspired and ready to work at ASOS!

Impactwise – the girls gave the event a 4.13 out of 5. 100% would love to come back, 97% would love to do more coding. 97% had improved perceptions of STEM, awareness of STEM roles, network within STEM and STEM knowledge. 90% had increased STEM confidence.

Here’s our Flickr gallery from the day
STEM in a Day with ASOS - March 2018

Thanks so much to ASOS for hosting 40 pupils, providing us with food and inspiration. We can’t wait until we’re back again with more budding #girlsinSTEM.

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