On Thursday the 19th of October, a group of Year 13 female Chemistry students attended a Monster Confidence STEMettes event at the Plexal in Stratford.

STEMettes is an award winning social enterprise working across the UK and Ireland to inspire and support young women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Stemettes was set up to help combat the lack of women in STEM in a new and unique way.

Beal High School attended one of their events where STEMettes encouraged young women by showing them the careers that are available via a series of panel events, hackathons, competitions, exhibitions and mentoring schemes.

During the course of the day, there were several Keynote speakers where successful women, already in STEM, took the time out to give a short presentation about what motivated them to pursue this career and what their job consists of. For example, the CEO of Starbucks, an international coffee company, talked about her past experiences and how she got where she was today.

The series of panel events consisted of women who were willing to answer questions about their journey, their job and where they hope to be in future. The mentoring schemes were especially useful as students were able to make informed decisions about careers in STEM. The girls spoke to different mentors on a one-to-one basis enabling them to get specific advice and help in the direction they wanted to go.

Just under 15,000 young women have attended events, workshops and STEMettes experiences for free across the UK & Ireland. Studies show that 95% of attendees have increased interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, after just one Stemettes event.

Many opportunities were presented throughout the day to encourage young women that diversity in a business is key to a successful business.

It was inspiring for the students and teachers to see that women can be equally as successful as men in STEM.