On February 19th, Stemettes partnered with BT to bring a panel event to Ipswich; giving girls and young women in the area the opportunity to network and hear from industry experts how they made it! 73 young women and adults joined us for a day of networking, mentoring and STEM.

Our panel included 7 women and 1 mystery man from across the STEM industry:

  • Lisa Perkins- Adastral Park and Research Realisation Director, BT
  • Jane Tateson - Senior Manager, IPR Licensing, BT
  • Dr. Julia Jones - Founder, Artful Mind Project
  • Rachel Wills - EDF, Sizewell B Power Station
  • Dr. Shohreh Blank - Founder and CEO, The Mathematical Games Company Ltd
  • Dr Renata Gomes - Head of Research and Innovation, Blind Veterans UK
  • Osaseri Guobadia - Product Manager, Songkick
  • Roy Corneloues - Principle Architect: Digital Apps, BT

After introducing themselves, panellists then answered lots of questions from our audience. Questions about their favourite school subjects, advice for work experience & GCSE options and also questions about their jobs.

We enjoyed a scrumptious lunch of sandwiches, before getting on with speed networking with our panellists and volunteers. There was a speed networking activity sheet competition and prizes to close!

In terms of impact...

  • Attendees rated the day 8.1 out of 10 overall
  • 96% had increased STEM confidence
  • 98% had an increased positive perception of STEM careers
  • 96% had increased STEM awareness
  • 89.4% had an increased STEM network

When asked what her favourite part of the day was, one attendee responded 'the enthusiasm of the speakers had about their careers, inspiring girls to do what they want & follow their passions!' Another young woman said that 'The talks given by the panellists were very helpful, now I am confident and inspired. The questions were relevant and thought-provoking.'

Meet the STEMettes @BT

We spoke to Poppy, 14 who is in Secondary School and attended the panel event

"This is my first time attending the panel and I was really nervous about coming, I didn't know if this was for me, but after hearing a talk, I'm more interested in STEM and I'd like to find out a bit more. My best part of the day was learning about the variety of jobs in STEM and that that creativity can be involved in it. There's just a wide variety of what you can do, it doesn't just have to be science, technology and engineering, which is typical. It can be completely outside the box which we've learned today from the panellists and a lot more developed than I thought it was.

I really enjoyed the structure of the day. Definitely having the panellists so you can listen to everyone else's questions, even just having the site where you can write your question down, you don't have to have, to put your hand up and feel that pressure. As well as having the networking where you can just ask free questions, I think it's quite nice to takes the pressure off being in the smaller groups, but also have the talk in the morning as a full group, I really enjoyed it."

A massive thank you to BT for partnering with us for this STEMazing panel event! To keep up-to-date on our upcoming events, head to our Eventbrite!

Flickr has all the pictures from the day!

Meet the STEMettes @BT

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