This post has been written by Isabella, 15 who is currently doing her GCSEs and attended our Outbox 2020 programme that ran throughout August 2020.

Dr Suzie Imber joined a morning session with the Outbox Junior stream this August
Dr Suzie Imber joined a morning session with the Outbox Junior stream this August

I enjoyed meeting inspiring women in STEM, developing my Cybersecurity and Python skills and having a lot of fun. Every day during August, I had the incredible opportunity to spend the first half of my morning developing my skills or listening to role models in a variety of different fields, ranging from astrophysicists to cybersecurity experts to aerospace engineers and having my knowledge of STEM careers grow massively.

Later in the morning, we worked towards our qualifications, for the first two weeks, it was CISCO’s Introduction to Cyber Security and for the second two weeks, it was the Python Institute’s PCEP. These lectures were amazing opportunities to develop our skills in these areas and see how they apply themselves in many areas.

In the afternoons, we had the opportunity to work in small groups to make new friends with similar interests to us and also study for our qualifications and meet more role models who were incredibly inspiring to listen to. Later in the afternoon, we joined the younger age groups for downtime sessions, which included exercise, calligraphy, learning Korean with GCHQ, drawing with the Linnean Society and baking some very tasty food!

Although we were all disappointed when we found ourselves logging into Teams for the last time, we were all sent a goodie bag full of amazing things to remember the four weeks of fun we all shared. Thank you very much to the Stemettes and all of their partners for the best summer ever, especially during these strange times!

By Isabella, 15

Check out our video documenting the fun we had on Outbox 2020 Sprint A (3rd August – 14th August)

Here is some feedback from the programme…

A total of 366 young people joined our Outbox Programme!
The attendees rated the experience 9.1/10
92% now feel more confident in their STEM abilities 
98% learnt something new about STEM 
Attendees joined from more than 10 countries around the world including: Burkina Faso, Canada, Czech Republic, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Niger, USA and Zimbabwe 

Sessions and content from Outbox and our STEM Mode In Lockdown sessions will be available across our Stemettes Zine. Why not check it out?

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