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Forest Hall girls learn about STEM studies from Stansted Airport staff




Aerozone, Stansted Airport. Pupils from Forest Hall school taking part in UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science Event. Security Officer Medeleine Nichols taking part in Q&A session with pupils. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (7111307)
Aerozone, Stansted Airport. Pupils from Forest Hall school taking part in UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science Event. Security Officer Medeleine Nichols taking part in Q&A session with pupils. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (7111307)

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.



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