I’m writing as a previous mentee (now known as Sherpee) to give you an insight into what a Sherpa means to girls like me who want to know more about STEM. My name is Ellie, I’m 18, I’m going to university next week and I was in the first cohort of Sherpees to be put forward onto this very scheme. I thought that since the launch, Student to Stemette has been and still is a great idea and I am so happy I took time applying for it. Along with Sherpas from Deutsche Bank who could help us give their […]

It’s funny how, when something is gone, it doesn’t always mean that it’s actually physically gone. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have the memories, that when you sit in the place where it once was, you can’t still feel it in the air. I’m sitting in the Outbox Incubator house. It is empty. The beds are empty. The fridge and kitchen cupboards are empty. It is empty of laptops. It is empty of Outbox execs. And it is silent for the first time in 6 weeks. But everywhere we look, as the team sits around, we can see groups […]

Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat! So… in true Stemettes fashion we have acted upon what we have learnt. How did we learn it? By listening to what the next generation of girls have been saying about what they think is missing from the world of STEM. We’ve been going for two years, and this is what the young women at our events, exhibitions and in schools have been saying they need but couldn’t find! They need STEM expertise advice and training. They want real career path advice. They want first hand experience. They want to meet other girls that are interested […]

If you’re like I once was, when the word ‘hackathon’ is uttered, a glazed look will pass across your face as you look into the ether and imagine Matrix style lists of green numerical digits, whizzing up and down screens, with a bunch of intimidatingly techy men flapping with great importance around a computer, typing at the speed of light, trying to crack some kind of system. Code cracked, big bad boss’ computer broken into, “hack” successful. In my mind, a “hack” was something I could never, nor would ever, be involved in. Thankfully, a Mini Fashion Hack on the […]

“Thanks Miss, that was actually really good”.  High praise indeed from the group of initially reluctant Year 12 students I took to the STEMettes inaugural panel event last Thursday. Florence Morton from The Access Project brought some Year 12s with her to our International Women’s Day panel event. Here’s her blog on the experience: http://www.theaccessproject.org.uk/2013/03/15/girls-do-science-too-by-florence-morton/

On Thursday, 8th of February, I had the privilege to participate at the Stemette panel with some very amazing ladies – with a long string of PhDs and contributions to the Large Hadron Collider (@suziesheehy and @m_windridge), others who are breaking ground in Energy (@JazRabadia) or can point to the Shard and say I made that (@selinapavan). At the same time, we were not shy to opt for high heels or acknowledge our mutual love of dancing or coding large numbers (@alisonleary1 and @neilcford) – ok, yes, Neil had the toughest task: he was standing in for 49% of the […]