Benenden hosts first ever STEM Conference Back to archive
28th November 2017

Students from across the area got an insight into the wide range of career opportunities that studying Science and Engineering subjects can bring, as Benenden School hosted its first ever STEM Conference.

More than 150 students, from independent and state schools from across Kent and the South East, joined girls from Benenden for the event on Wednesday (22 November) which was run in conjunction with the Wise Young Women's Board and The Royal Society of Chemistry.

The Conference was organised to give young people the chance to hear from a variety of experts already working in the Science and Engineering fields and to find out the path they took to their chosen careers.

The day-long event opened with a talk from Patricia Mawuli, an aviation engineer and Ghana’s first female pilot. There were then a range of eminent speakers from institutions including the Medway School of Pharmacy, Shell Oil, Pfizer, Citrix, the University of Surrey and University College London.

There was also a question and answer section when participants got the chance to quiz the speakers on careers in Science and Engineering.

The event was organised by Benenden’s STEM Outreach Co-ordinator Susan Harris. She said: “STEM subjects are vital to so many things - from the manufacture of new smart materials, to the medicines which keep us healthy, from the quality of water we drink to keeping the air we breathe pure.

“We were fortunate to have some fantastic speakers here who were able to pass on their wealth of knowledge and experience to everyone that came along.”

Benenden Headmistress Samantha Price said: “We were delighted to be able to host this conference, especially as it is in a field that is becoming increasingly important in today’s society. Studying for a degree in a STEM subject can help students access a huge range of careers, not just in science, technology and engineering, but also in those that are not directly related such as banking, business and law.

“It was wonderful to see so many young people here enjoying and engaging with the day and I hope many of them have gone away inspired by the countless opportunities available to them if they decide to go into the fields of Science and Engineering.”

STEM is an acronym for the group of subjects in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.