Notre Dame’s annual ‘Science is for Girls’ challenge took place this week with girls from 12 local junior schools taking part in a morning of exciting and inspiring science-based challenges. The Year 5 girls competed in their teams of six to complete two challenges. The first, to plan, design and build the longest marble run and the second to construct, test and fire a paper rocket.
The winning team was St James C of E Primary, closely followed by Horsell Junior School and Rowan Prep School.
Ms Rachael Bantin, Head of Chemistry at Notre Dame Senior School said: “This day is designed to open up the amazing world of Science to a wide audience of young girls and inspire them to believe that a career in Science could be for them. At Notre Dame we are committed to doing all we can to encourage girls to embrace the STEM subjects”.
Mrs Amélie Morgan, Headmistress of Notre Dame Prep School said: “All the girls showed great enthusiasm and creativity for the tasks they were given today. It was wonderful to see the girls collaborating in their teams and enjoying science”.
The latest figures show the numbers of girls taking STEM subjects at A level is up 17 per cent since 2010 and the proportion of women enrolling in science subjects at university has increased. However, although computer science, mechanical engineering, maths, medicine and physics all make it into the top ten preferences for boys – only medicine and maths make it into the most popular courses for girls.