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Girls into Global STEM

STEM adventure in Poland for Year 10 students

8 students from The de Ferrers Academy have just come back from a unique student conference in Warsaw, Poland. They are part of a European research project involving The University of Hull and 8 other EU partners, focusing on Girls into Global STEM careers.

The students were part of a larger group that spent 3 months designing and testing STEM investigations, centred around 3 of the United Nations global challenges - Sustainable Communities, Clean Water and Gender Equality. They looked at how to filter water using fried banana skins and compared transporting water using zipwires and flying drones.

When they tested their activities on younger students they had a really positive response, especially to ideas involving creating code to fly drones along an obstacle course.

In Warsaw, the 8 UK students mixed with similar aged students from Sweden, Cyprus and Poland to work in teams, creating animations, images and movies to incorporate into digital books. They also visited the Planetarium and rooftop eco gardens in Warsaw, met a team of 3 females engineers designing a micro satellite and got to visit the Polish Eco-School and its energy generation lab.

One of our students, Sabrin said:

"On this trip I learnt many different skills to do with making Ebooks. The different workshops allowed me to learn things I didn't know before and helped me with making our ebook.

The project is extremely important as it is a project that helps everyone. It is aimed at helping people all around the world and was a way to connect with people from different countries. I really enjoyed getting to know everyone and creating many friendships".

The final books will be published later in the year and will become part of a suite of international tools for existing and trainee teachers.

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Website: www.gigsproject.eu