The British Army led the way in showcasing opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) today on International Women and Girls in Science Day with an inspiring hands-on event at the National Army Museum.
Representatives from the Army have been seeking to break down perceived barriers that hold women back from taking up STEM occupations by showcasing the exciting STEM job opportunities available within the Army.
The schoolgirls from across London who were present were amazed by and were keen to test out their own skills.
I didn’t realise the Army had so many cool jobs to choose from. Leyla Spiteri, (12)
The event gave pupils from London schools a chance to speak to uniformed troops while working on tasks such as building replicas of Bloodhound, a land speed record project which has been supported by the Army; creating mini-parachutes; and building Da Vinci bridges.
Service personnel from The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, The Royal Engineers, The Royal Logistic Corps; The Royal Armoured Corps and The Royal Signals were manning the dynamic stands and were pleased to answer any questions from their eager audience.
Leyla Spiteri, aged 12, from Coopers School in Chislehurst, said: “Before I today I thought the Army was just about guns and running around at war, but we’ve learnt so much about science and technology.
“I didn’t realise the Army had so many cool jobs to choose from.”