At a special meeting on Tuesday 9 August we were delighted to welcome SI Bournemouth President Bobbie White to tell us about the successful STEM project which her club has been running for several years. We thought it was something we could really make work here in Salisbury, so we have started planning it, with a view to launching it for the 2017 school year.
In Bournemouth the club has involved over 200 girls from local schools in years 8 and 9 to participate in a challenge to design and create a prototype of something which helps in some way to improve life for people living in the poorest parts of the world. The challenge fulfils the Soroptimist programme action initiatives to educate, empower and enable with the objective of promoting participation and raising aspirations of girls to enter industries that young women often see as masculine and inaccessible.
In preparation for the project, we have approached a number of science and engineering companies in the Salisbury area looking for judges, sponsorship, prizes and also a venue where we can hold the judging and awards ceremony. We will also soon be contacting schools to see what interest there is in taking part.
If you are interested in helping or in getting involved or know of anyone else who is, please get in touch with us!
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