To coincide with British Science Week, the school has been celebrating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through exciting activities and insightful talks from guest speakers across these four disciplines.
On Friday 9 March we welcomed Dr Emma Byrne - developer of intelligent systems and writer for the likes of Forbes, the Financial Times and the Global Business magazine - to talk about her diverse career, with experiences ranging from artificial intelligence to science journalism. In the evening, students attended the STEM Nightclub, where they met special guests from the animal kingdom including tarantulas, meerkats, snakes and tortoises.
Throughout the week, girls had the opportunity to attend student-led talks and open platforms, including the Feminist Society discussing the male-dominated world of STEM, the Literary Society on how science can shape literature and answering life's big questions on Science versus Philosophy in the Philosophy Society. The Dissection Club put on their lab coats and investigated how a sheep's brain compares to the rest of the animal kingdom.
Wednesday saw Lower School students treated to a thrilling and interactive show put together by the Science Museum in the Bishop Centre and girls put their senses to the test for the STEM House Challenge.
The STEM Family Challenge was fantastically well-attended, with families of all abilities competing to win the trophy whilst learning about the courses and careers available in STEM. Dr Michael Osborn's whistle stop tour of his career in Pathology was also very well received by both parents and students alike.
But the event which arguably garnered the most attention was the hatching of six duck eggs and the subsequent queues that formed for a chance to play with the new-born ducklings.
We hope that the week's festivities have stirred an interest in STEM and inspired the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics specialists.