Balshaw’s Church of England High School

STEM Girls Make National Finalists

28 March 2014

Year 8 STEM club girls Olivia Foster, Jemma Gough, Madison Bolton, Heather Mulgrew, Eleanor Bird and Ruby Hill from Balshaws entered a national competition aimed at encouraging more girls into STEM subjects held by Talent 2030.

The brief was to investigate how Engineers could help solve problems in the 21st century. The pupils came up with many different ideas from cancer treatments and care to dealing with drought and flooding combined.

One group with their design and research into a model of taking water from a flooded area through a storage unit underground where it would be purified and transported to areas with drought problems reached the last 15 teams and gain a place in the national finals. They had to showcase their project at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham. The girls were excellent at presenting to the public and got great feedback. They also were inspired by looking round the many stalls occupied by STEM businesses and got really involved in the different activities such as making your own lip-gloss and trying to beat Usain Bolt’s starting time.

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