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Year 10 Visit University College Birmingham on Ada Lovelace Day

Darren Mitchell

14 October 2021

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Year 10 Visit University College Birmingham on Ada Lovelace Day

++ Cockshut Hill School encourages girls to consider careers in STEM ++

A group of Year 10 girls from Cockshut Hill School in Yardley (part of the Summit Learning Trust) visited University College Birmingham on the 12th of October as part of a drive to get more girls studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects and thinking about careers in those sectors.

The group took part in several workshops including 3D Digital Sculpting in the Digital Hub – they participated in a class along with students completing their Masters Degree using ZBrush technology.  They learned how to create a creature for a TV and Film Company.

They also participated in a lecture, learning about websites and how apps are used in the world of business.  Lastly, the group had a tour of University College Birmingham’s state of the art facilities, which included the make-up set for the TV show Peaky Blinders when they film in Birmingham. 

The visit took place on Ada Lovelace Day, which aims to shine a light on the accomplishments of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  The hope is to encourage more girls to take up STEM subjects and careers by making them aware of the women already in these fields.  Ada Lovelace, born in 1815, is widely considered the world’s first computer programmer. 

Recent  data shows that women make up only 35% of STEM students in higher education in the UK.  This imbalance then moves into the STEM workforce where women make up less than a quarter of employees.

Jason Bridges, Principal at Cockshut Hill said:

I am so pleased that a group of our students were able to visit the University College Birmingham to find out more about pursuing STEM subjects on Ada Lovelace Day. The idea that STEM subjects are only for boys is clearly untrue but has a real impact on the subjects that girls choose to study. 

Here at Cockshut Hill we want to ensure all our students know they can pursue whatever career path they want and that we will support them to achieve their goals.  Over the next few decades, the tech sector will continue to expand, so we need to make sure girls start getting the STEM qualifications they need to fill these roles.”

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 Cockshut Hill School is very proud of working with the local community and wider community.  They are passionate about supporting their students and the diverse communities from which they come. They are very keen to support local charities to both raise awareness and to also support in fundraising, where possible. Cockshut Hill has a genuine desire to make a difference in the lives of others.

● In 2019 Cockshut Hill was in the top 1% of schools nationally for an improvement in student progress and the 4th highest school in the city of Birmingham for improvement in attainment.