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Celebrating International Women's Day

International Women's Day (IWD) on the 8th March celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women and the STEM NOW team couldn't wait to get involved in the celebration.

220 female students from secondary schools across Hampshire and Berkshire enjoyed a Winter Olympic themed visit to Winchester Science Centre, marking the opening of the 2018 Paralympics. The students were supported and encouraged by 23 female STEM Ambassadors, while they took part in many exciting activities.

During the visit, the students got involved in a fun Bobsleigh STEM challenge, creating and launching their own mini K'nex Bobsleighs. Students also attended a Careers Speed Networking Session and a planetarium show marking significant women in the Space industry.

There were also some fantastic speeches from Disability Snow Sport UK and the University of Southampton engineering department that were heavily involved in the successful creation of Team GBs gold medal winning Skeleton.

We received some great feedback from the day and it was so lovely to be able to celebrate and encourage women to enter the world of STEM. Thank you so much to all those who came and supported this fab event.

Here are some super quotes from some of the students:

"I have learnt that there are certain careers (such as computing) that are incredible that I haven't thought about and that there are engineers behind almost everything"

"I have learnt that you don't need to know what you want to be when you're older straight away"

"GCSE's don't completely make the decision of what your career is going to be!"

"I have learnt that engineering can involve sports and without engineers behind sports they could not evolve and develop"

"I have learnt that more women are doing (previously) male-dominated professions. Combining subjects I like can create the perfect job. Engineers develop and evolve the world around us."

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