“Girls can work better than boys at this sort of stuff and I now want to go to university”
- Student from St Robert of Newminster RC School and Sixth Form College
First Edition offers female only taster experiences, helping to address the underrepresentation of females in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers.
In 2014 over 100 year 8/9 girls attended the day hosted by Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers. The event was designed to inspire girls to consider pursuing a STEM based career by engaging them in a mixture of activities, meeting inspirational role models such as Roma Agrawal and learning about STEM careers.
First Edition works with employers such as the RAF, who sponsor 'girls only' taster events in order to address the stereotypes believed of employees within STEM careers, often circulated by the media. Many girls still believe that STEM-based careers, especially engineering, are more attractive as an option for boys. Our girls only taster experiences create a comfortable environment for girls to unite and learn about STEM opportunities in a fun and exciting atmosphere.
We are extremely flexible and want to work with employers in order to achieve their outreach goals, offering events that reach all underrepresented groups within STEM.
"First Edition is an excellent means to enthuse and inspire young people about careers in engineering and technology, and to encourage them to continue studying maths and science in school. It also presents an opportunity to emphasise to under-represented groups, especially girls that they too can access these interesting and rewarding careers."
- Glyn Dean, Squadron Leader, RAF