Around 150 girls from across the Edinburgh area attended the event on Thursday 8 March at Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters in Gogarburn.
The girls heard from EDF Energy’s Fiona McGinness about her journey as a woman in engineering, as well as taking part in a range of workshops which included coding, and experiencing a virtual reality film that immersed them in the worlds of three successful women working in STEM-related industries.
Research shows that over half a million job openings in science, research, engineering and technology will need to be filled over the next six years to replace retiring workers. But in engineering, for example, there is an estimated shortfall of people with the right skills of up to 60,000 a year.
SmartSTEMs events target girls aged 10 to 14 and aim to encourage more people from diverse backgrounds to study STEM subjects at school. This event was one of a series of 12 events that SmartSTEMs will deliver before the end of the year, reaching 5,000 girls.