Forest Hall girls learn about STEM studies from Stansted Airport staff
Girls got a unique opportunity to learn from female engineers, pilots and other staff at Stansted Airport, at a special event to mark the third United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
Fifty-five students from Years 7 to 10 from Forest Hall School in Stansted Mountfitchet, the airport’s partner school, attended the interactive event at the Aerozone – Stansted Airport’s dedicated education facility.
The tutorial team included an easyJet captain, a Fed Ex operations manager, and workers from across security, finance, IT, engineering and more departments at the airport.
Each colleague hosted a table and groups of students rotated around the room to ask questions and find out more.
Nusrat Ghani, minister for engineering and MP for Wealden in East Sussex, sent a video message of support for the students.
She said: “By encouraging people from all backgrounds to realise: ‘I could do that, that could be me,’ we can nurture a diverse workforce where people’s unique skills and backgrounds are recognised and rewarded, ensuring Britain continues to lead the way in aviation technology and engineering.”
Saffron Walden’s MP Kemi Badenoch said: “As an engineer, I know how important it is for more women to choose a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). These subjects not only offer opportunities in some of the most interesting and diverse jobs in the world, they teach invaluable life-skills, such as problem-solving, creativity and resilience.”
Marcella M’Rabety, head of corporate social responsibility at Stansted, said: “We believe that it is important to use our resources to break down some of the barriers facing young women and share the expertise of our on-site colleagues.”
Layla Ellis, a year 7 student at Forest Hall School, said: “I really enjoyed the visit and all the staff were very helpful. I now know loads more than before the trip and it has inspired me to get more into STEM as a career when I am older.”
Transport to the event was provided free of charge thanks to support from National Express.