This post has been written by Aryana, 9, and Sofia, 7 who are both at primary school and attended our ‘Summer Fun with Oracle Academy & Stemettes’ event on 23 June 2018. After an early start, we arrived bursting with excitement. It was a scorching summer’s day which started with an Icebreaker to help the children make friends and learn interesting facts about each other. It was amazing seeing so many girls interested in technology! Over the course of the day we made an interactive and engaging game. Our game was about an alien who had crash landed on a […]

This post has been written by Ava, 7, who is at primary school and attended our ‘Schroders App Hack: Easter Edition‘ event on 5 & 6 April 2018. I was really excited when I learned I was going to build an app. I didn’t expect the amazing pastries when I arrived. It made me even more excited to be treated like royalty. I’ve never done any coding but it didn’t matter because there were lots of friendly helpers. My app didn’t win but that isn’t stopping me. I’ve been building another app using the Stemettes links and have started using […]

This post has been written by Mary, 6, who is at primary school and attended our ‘Stemettes Hack Cambridge @ Microsoft Research‘ event on 17 & 18 March 2018. My name is Mary, I am 6 years old, it was my first time at Stemettes, and my first time doing Minecraft. It was a bit difficult but I quickly grasped it because it was similar to Scratch. On my first day I learnt all of the functions and we coded our Agent to make it rain chickens. Then we started connecting coding blocks to make it rain chickens, I did […]

What’s more fun than using apps? Making your own. Over the weekend of 9th & 10th September 2017 we descended on Cornerstone OnDemand’s central London offices for an app hackathon – Cornerstone App Hackathon. Lorraine, 9, said: I was really looking forward to my fourth Stemette event because I was actually going to build my own app. It was at Cornerstone’s offices in London and I was sooo excited I just couldn’t wait to get there as we had travelled in from Essex. I recognised a lot of people from the last Hackathon and couldn’t stop smiling. I got to […]

This originally appeared in the FutureScot supplement of the Times on March 23rd. A PDF version is available here. A full gallery of images is up on our Flickr. Technology strikes fear into the hearts of many, and is successfully avoided by very few. More recently, the acronym ‘STEM’, which encompasses the wider family of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths fields, has gained popularity. It’s a big theme across Scottish schools, colleges and government priorities. Scotland has a rich heritage in STEM, innovation and inventiveness. Everyone knows that their favourite device, the phone, was invented here and it’s one on […]

This post has been written by Jessica, 16 who attended our #BeepBoopForChange Hackathon on 4th March, in celebration of International Women’s Day 2017. It was hosted by Stemettes partner, Salesforce.org . On the 5th March 2017, my life changed. I found a new career path, new friends, a lifelong experience. In full closure I can officially say that recalling the events in which happened that day have opened my eyes to new possibilities in the STEM areas. Me alongside my sister and some amazing bright sparks managed to solve riddles, complicated math questions, answering questions about Mendeleev’s wonderful periodic table […]

This Wednesday (the 8th of March), the world will be celebrating International Women’s Day #IWD2017, asking the question will you #BeBoldForChange? Stemettes will of course, be boldly and proudly recognising all of the ‘STEMazing’ contributions made by women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The month of March is also ‘Women’s History Month’ – a chance for us all to celebrate women in STEM, from the past, present and future. A report released last week found that that young girls across Europe become interested in STEM subjects around 11 years old but lose interest by 15, so it’s important […]

The following post is written by Katie, 13, who won a prize at our Food, Coding, Weekend event, part of which was a work experience tour at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Food, Coding, Weekend was a codeathon event run in partnership with Bank of America Merrill Lynch on 8 & 9 October 2016 with a ‘Food Waste’ theme to tie in with World Food Day. In October 2016, I attended the Stemettes Food, Coding, Weekend and had an amazing time. I made new friends and learnt Python. My team’s app, Beleaf, won the people’s choice prize – a lunch […]

Leonie is a freelance chef and food writer, with a particular passion for building confidence in girls. At our Food, Coding, Weekend on 8th October hosted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, she was also a ‘hackathon first-timer’. Find her at www.curatedcakes.com or @gossbowl on Twitter. To a soundtrack of upbeat pop music, a stream of girls arrived at the ‘Food, Coding, Weekend’ hackathon last Saturday. The tone was set in signature Stemettes style: fun, informal and full of energy. At the centre of the buzz was, of course, founder Anne-Marie: she kicked things off with all the dynamism that makes […]

The following post is written by 13-year-old Jamila Bihi, who attended Rise Hack with her sister Naima. Naima is an Outbox Incubator alumnus and founder of Modlyst – an online community for modest fashion. Rise Hack, hosted by Stemettes and sponsored by Rise London in partnership with Barclays, was held on 5-6 March to celebrate International Women’s Day.  When my sister first announced that I would be going to my first hackathon I was so excited that I barely got a wink of sleep for the following few nights. As the days flew past, I got more and more nervous. Finally Saturday […]