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Inspiring the Ada Lovelaces of the future

3 December 2015

TARG inspire the Ada Lovelaces of the future and give 100 pupils from across Bristol a taste of higher education as the University of Bristol.

On the 18th of November, shortly after Ada Lovelace day, researchers, students and staff members from the University of Bristol’s STEM fields gathered to discuss their work with year 9 pupils from local schools. The aim of the event was to inspire young people to undertake careers in STEM. The children viewed posters entered into the poster competition, took part in activities and viewed demonstrations and were given lunch before the winners of the poster competition were announced and awarded their prizes. The activities and demonstrations included a stall run by the School of Experimental Psychology where children were asked to share thoughts on research questions, discuss and draw their own health warnings for cigarette packages and were shown some of the equipment used in our research. The children took part in the activities with enthusiasm and engaged in lively discussions around the topics.

The day finished with a talk from an inspirational female scientist, Dr Suzi Gage. She spoke to the Year 9 pupils about her own story and how she ended up becoming a scientist. Suzi discussed some of her favourite scientists, mathematicians and engineers - Helen Sharman, Ada Lovelace, Elizabeth Blackwell, Dorothy Hodgkin and Jean Golding.  Suzi also informed students about why singing the praises of brilliant women scientists is important as it can encourage the next generation of brilliant minds, and talked about why STEMM subjects are great because they can help us with our curiosity about the world around us.

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