6 March 2020
To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 5 March, St Mary’s Lower School girls went to school dressed as someone they had read about, either fictional or real, who they think has had a truly inspiring career in one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subject areas.
As well as helping pupils further develop their love of reading, the aim was to raise the profile of the many STEM careers that young girls can aspire to. Women are still incredibly under-represented in these areas and St Mary’s wants to see that change.
“There are girls in St Mary’s right now who could grow up to cure cancer, explore a new galaxy or discover a new type of energy!” said Mrs Taylor-Howse, Science Co-ordinator at the Lower School.
Characters included astronomers, scientists, engineers and doctors as well as famous faces from history including Amelia Earhart, Jane Goodall, Katherine Johnson and Florence Nightingale to name a few.
The day will be followed by a Science Week full of exciting activities at the Lower School, including a forensic science workshop, plant study and bridge building challenge, to help further inspire the girls.