SCIENCE CAREER SPEED-DATING
On the 14th March Lampton School hosted a science career speed-dating style event as part of a “Girls in to Physics” research project. The project which is funded by the IOP is being used to promote physics to pupils at A-level and beyond and has already had a very positive impact; in the last year the overall number of pupils taking Physics at A-level has increased from 20 to 35.
During the career event fourteen scientists and engineers had just two minutes to sell their subject to pupils and answer their questions about their degree and postgraduate choices before the bell went and the next pair of pupils came along. Although scientists from a range of backgrounds took part there was a definite lean towards physics and engineering with a civil engineer, several electronic engineers, a computer scientist, an atmospheric physicist, a geophysicist and a mechanical physicist taking part.
Feedback from pupils and participants was very encouraging. However, one particular comment from a Year 11 girl after speaking to physicist speaks volumes:
“… he told me how even though (physics) can appear very male-dominated it’s not like females can’t do it. He encouraged me to go in to physics or engineering and not be scared… so that’s what I want to do!”
Lampton School is very grateful to outreach staff at University College London, SEPnet, Royal Holloway, University of Westminster, independent participants, as well as Jon Clarke and Taj Bhutta at the IOP for supporting the event.