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Girls into STEM

Inspire girls into STEM with university and company visits with hands-on activities.

Girls into STEM

Our 'Girls into STEM' programme of events aims to encourage female students to take an active interest in STEM subjects prior to their GCSEs.

Visits are arranged for groups of 8 to 45 students to a company or university department.

Programmes include:

  • an introduction to the company/organisation
  • a site tour
  • practical hands-on activities
  • inspiring talks by role models in STEM

Visits allow students to gain an insight into how the company operates and to develop an appreciation for different working environments. Students meet employees who'll talk about their background and roles within the company.

Students will also be encouraged to relate their observations to their school subjects - particularly STEM - and discuss how their choice of GCSE subjects will influence their own possible career path.


Minimum of 8 participants, maximum of 45 participants.


Schools will need to provide their own transport and provide a supervising teacher for the duration of the visit.


Each event is either a half-day or full-day visit, and includes a site tour, presentation from role models in engineering, as well as a practical session.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Computing
    • Engineering
    • Chemical engineering
    • Design, art and fashion
    • Electronics, robotics and programming
    • Energy and environment
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Medicine and healthcare
    • Space and aerospace engineering
    • Structures, construction and civil engineering
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

TheĀ Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Personal guidance

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Aiming high - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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  • In-school
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  • Cost applies

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