It’s been 3 years since we started our Student to Stemette programme. To celebrate all the work done with young STEM women in partnership with Deutsche Bank Citizenship and their Born to Be programme, we’re running a blog series sharing what Sherpees have gained and been doing whilst being on the programme. This week it’s Paula who was part of the London Cohort 5. Her Sherpa (mentor) was Roisin from Salesforce who is in Technical Enterprise Sales. Hi everyone! The Stemettes programme was initially recommended to me by a friend so naturally, wanting to better my future as well as […]

It’s been 3 years since we started our Student to Stemette programme. To celebrate all the work done with young STEM women in partnership with Deutsche Bank Citizenship and their Born to Be programme, we’re running a blog series sharing what Sherpees have gained and been doing whilst being on the programme. This week it’s Kelsey who was part of the Birmingham Cohort 5. Her Sherpa (mentor) was Neha from Deutsche Bank who is in Application Support. Today on the 8th Of February 2017 I had my first meeting with my sherpa Neha! I received an email about my matching […]

On Saturday 7 November, Meet the Stemettes panel events took place simultaneously in London and Dublin – sponsored and hosted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. For a full run-down of the day’s events – from how we almost lost Events Stemette Charlotte under a tsunami of goodie bags, to inspiring advice from our panelists, to how many Stemettes it takes to defeat a Luas ticket machine (clue: more than one) – check out our Storify of the day’s events here. Our next panel event is happening on 5th December at Imperial College and we’ll be in Manchester doing an Animation […]

Outbox Incubator: Week 4 #totesemosh

Just look at those girls. That was this morning when – for the first time since we started Outbox Incubator – I found myself in the house on the morning of “transfer day”. These girls, some of whom had been in the house since day 1 of week 1 (4 weeks ago now), were leaving the house at 6.30am – some of them off to airports to return to Dublin (hey, fun fact: some weeks about 40% of our intake has been Irish), some just hopping on a train to Essex. There was hugging, so much hugging, exchanging of handwritten […]

Outbox Incubator: Week 2 #thestruggleisreal

“I can’t decide which of my start-ups I should take to Demo Day to pitch for funding”. Oh the plight of the Outbox Incubator exec. Just 17 years old and Ciara Judge has three start-ups which are funding-worthy. The ideas existed before she joined Outbox, but the latest developments to Germinaid, Zilkr and PurchaseMate and the opportunity for funding has only come through the incubator. These are big conversations so it’s no wonder that the girls find making them a big deal. We’ve also seen a bit of a startup shuffle this week: one day into Week 2, @hollerrapp (Cats […]

We spent the weekend with 60 girls at Norwich High School and carried out our very first school-based hack. We always aim to have a laugh at our Hackathons and the weekend of 27th and 28th September was such a hoot! The girls had chosen to come along on their weekend to dabble in the programming world, they spanned across all year groups and they all had differing levels of tech knowledge. Norwich High School are partnered with a school in Ghana and are due to travel to visit them next year, we were tasked with running a hackathon for […]

Where: The Crystal building, One Siemens Way, Royal Victoria Docks, London E16 1GB. Nearest station is Royal Victoria DLR (via Canning Town station on Jubilee line). Leave the station and follow signs to the ‘Emirates Air Line’. The Crystal is a massive glass building. When: All day Saturday 23rd November – We’ll kick off at 10am and will be finished before 6pm. Workshops will run from 11am until 5pm. Lunch will be between 1pm and 2pm and we’ll have an afternoon break at 3.30pm.  Don’t worry if you can only come part of the day – we’ll add you to […]

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 […]

Following on from the success of the Stemettes Launch in February, it was time to delve a bit deeper into STEM careers for girls. At the first ever Stemettes Panel, held in the Charles Darwin House on the 7th March, we had sitting before us eight women and one man. They were there to share their thoughts, their experiences, their lessons learnt and their goals, demystifying the world of Girls in STEM. Head Stemette Anne-Marie Imafidon kicked off the evening by introducing the “wonderful women” we had sitting before us, before passing on to our host for the evening – Dr. […]

In the beginning…a journey is about to start

This is the first post, of hopefully many, which chronicles the journey to a world where girls are just as interested in becoming princess and popstars as they are in become coders and chemists. Why? No-one is in doubt that there is a problem with uptake of Females in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). There are a number of given reasons for why girls don’t do STEM: Don’t see women doing ‘Sciency things’ Don’t think you can do ‘Sciency things’ and be a mum Don’t ‘get’ Science Think Science is for boys Don’t find Science exciting Don’t […]