Forty-seven Year 10 girls recently attended a STEM lecture at the University of Chester to celebrate International Women’s Day and promote women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The lecture was given by Anne-Marie Imafidon, Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes, a social enterprise focused on inspiring younger generations to pursue careers in STEM subjects.

Anne-Marie has won numerous awards for her work in this field including 29th most influential woman in IT in 2015 – so she was definitely an inspiring woman to listen to! Anne-Marie spoke of why she loves STEM, in particular five of the coolest things you can do with STEM. Our favourite of these was an emergency party mode button for a bedroom which makes the curtains close, music play, a disco ball light up and a smoke machine start.

Following this she spoke of why STEM was important for developing new technologies, for example the development of voice recognition software – she knows the voice of SIRI – which was very poor until they introduced different accents and female voices. She finished with the perks of working in STEM subjects – including very competitive salaries, visiting conferences around the world and numerous job opportunities due to the need for women in STEM careers.

Overall, it was an inspirational lecture which the girls enjoyed and came out of with a new outlook on their potential future in STEM subjects.