Year 9 Design and Technology students visited Exeter University to take part in the all-female EDF event, ‘Pretty Curious’.
‘Pretty Curious’ is an event specifically aimed at encouraging young women to study STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) and go on to STEM-based careers post-education.
The students enjoyed interactive and engaging activities including circuit-building, constructing a virtual nuclear reactor in a timed team challenge, as well as watching a virtual reality film featuring aspirational women already enjoying success in STEM careers.
The final challenge saw students building and programming an R2D2 droid, before personalising it and writing a real life application proposal. Izzy Cooke and Amelie Crawshaw were awarded runners-up in the competition with their creative idea to deliver medication using the droid in a children’s hospital ward, programming the droid to correctly dispense medicine, keep accurate medical records as well as encouraging patients to take their medicine promptly.
Teacher of Design and Technology, and trip organiser, Lyndsay Cooper, said of the trip: “This was a great opportunity for the girls to excel; so often they back off from anything like this in a mixed group, but they were engrossed the minute we got there until we left… and they were still buzzing with all they had achieved on the way home. It was lovely to see girl power in action!”