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Students challenge stereotypes on International Women’s Day

On Thursday 9 March, a group of female UTC Reading students took part in a workshop to mark International Women’s Day.

The workshop, entitled “People Like Me”, was part of an initiative by The WISE Campaign (Women Into Science and Engineering), challenging stereotypes that STEM subjects are just for boys. The aim of the workshop was to help the students self-identify with adjectives, which in turn show personality traits, to help them find potential careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) that they would enjoy and have success in.

Year 10 and Year 11 female UTC students took part in a series of activities, including working through the “People Like Me” quiz to identify their preferred ways of working. They were then able to study jobs and case studies of role models with the same personality types as them.

The workshop was led by Steph Mitchell, Director of Industry Relations at UTC Reading, and was supported by three STEM Ambassadors including a former UTC Reading student. Thank you very much to Amanda and Katie from DB Architects and Demi from University of Reading. Steph commented: “The session was a really great success. The girls were highly engaged and everyone left feeling inspired and motivated for their future.”

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