Full STEAM ahead for ambitious girls
|Author: Marie Simon Lhuillery-Weber||Published: 31st October 2019 10:49|
Stanley Black & Decker and greenlight for girls team up with Envision Virgin Racing to inspire female students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics
Silverstone, on Wednesday October 30th 2019, fifty young girls aged 11 to 15 from local schools were invited to Silverstone University Technical College to learn about the importance of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education in a special event organised by greenlight for girls, Stanley Black & Decker and Envision Virgin Racing. The mission was to encourage students to pursue STEAM careers in the future, and inspire the next generations of female leaders in this field.
With a full day of exciting activities organised, the event commenced with a panel discussion on the positive benefits of acquiring STEAM skills – in particular for girls, who are traditionally under-represented in STEM studies and careers. The girls also met inspiring women role models during the day, such as Nathalie McGloin, the world’s only female tetraplegic professional racing driver, who shared her inspiring story with the group, and Sian Ebsworth, Associate Systems Engineer at McLaren, who provided insights into her fascinating career.
Each student was given the chance to participate in an array of interactive and hands-on workshops exploring subjects such as chemistry, robotics and welding, as well as a visit to the Envision Virgin Racing Formula E Garage, where students experienced ‘a day in the life of racing’ and discovered how skilled technicians and engineers work behind the scenes with Stanley Black & Decker tools to maintain the team’s leading position in the Formula E Championship.
Today, there are 10 million manufacturing jobs around the world that remain unfilled due to the skills gap. As a global manufacturing leader, and as a key pillar of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Stanley Black & Decker is committed to empowering 10 million makers by 2030. They will aim to accomplish this by ensuring its own workers, those in surrounding communities and young people around the world can gain appropriate practical skills and secure sustainable careers. Stanley Black & Decker and greenlight for girls’ global partnership started in November 2016, with a mission to inspire and encourage the next generation of STEM leaders. Since then, events have been launched in Spain, Russia, Belgium, France, the USA and India, engaging over 2000 kids and 700 role models at over 10 events around the world.
Melissa Rancourt, Founder & Board President of greenlight for girls comments: “Wherever g4g is able to conduct an event around the world, we see how profoundly interested girls are in STEM. Our goal is to capture that interest and encourage girls to think about the possibilities of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in order to build a future talent pipeline of female STEM leaders worldwide. Working with companies, such as Stanley Black & Decker, is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate that science and technology are part of any career path they may choose to follow. Together, we can work together to inspire the next generation to look ahead to their future – and to know that, ‘Anything is Possible’.”
The inspirational event on October 30th 2019 was arranged as part of Stanley Black & Decker’s second annual Maker Month – a celebration of the makers and creators shaping the world around us. Throughout the month of October, the company encourages students, parents, educators and makers of all ages to participate in activities and challenges that spark curiosity and build excitement for the power of making. In addition, Stanley Black & Decker employees around the world partner with local schools and organisations to lend their time and skills to lead Maker Month activities.
The second annual Maker Month builds momentum from last year’s inaugural celebration, when the company engaged more than 17,000 students and 3,000 schools from more than 40 countries through STEAM projects.
Stanley Black & Decker’s overarching Corporate Social Responsibility strategy focuses the company's efforts on three key pillars: empowering makers, innovating with purpose and creating a more sustainable world. For further information, please visit: www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.