More than 200 girls from a Fife secondary school have taken part in an event designed to enhance technical skills and consider pursuing science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) as a career.
Said to have been inspired by its previous involvement with a ‘Digital Explorers’ event held in Edinburgh by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Auchmuty High School in Glenrothes recently ran its own immersive and interactive workshop.
The event, supported by TCS, was for all first and second year girls, was described as the first of its kind in Scotland, and was organised by Auchmuty High School’s head of computing science, Jamie Edgar, with support from TCS and partner the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), who delivered three activities for the workshop.
Edgar said: “The event was excellent and well organised. The challenges provided by the team at TCS and EDF were brilliant, and the pupils were highly engaged with the outcomes of each activity. It was the right level of challenging for the age groups and the TCS volunteers were really helpful and great support to the overall day.
“We know that by the time girls enter senior school, there is a real difference in which subjects are being picked. This is the case across schools from every area, but we are hoping that by engaging with them at an earlier stage of their education, we can start to address the gender imbalances, particularly within the STEM subjects.”
Gopalan Rajagopalan, head TCS Scotland, said: “We were grateful for the opportunity to work with Auchmuty High School in arranging this event for them, particularly as they had also taken part in Digital Explorers last year. I am delighted that more than 200 girls attended the event, that was undertaken as part of TCS’ IT Futures initiative.
“The initiative aims to inspire students to consider careers in STEM and digital technologies, and events such as this help continue to engage young people with the opportunities offered in these subjects.”