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 […]

  An all-girl hackathon, organised by Stemettes, a project set up to encourage more girls to take up science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM), took over the Barbican Centre this weekend. The event saw sixty girls, some as young as eight, build their very first video games and mobile applications and present them to a jury of tech professionals. Adya, an eight-year-old girl who had never coded prior to the event, wowed the judges with her video game “My pet dog”, in which players earn points by taking care of a dog. The jury was impressed by the creativity and […]

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 […]