We've been very busy the last month attending events up and down the country (what's new?!). One thing we've got involved in (and I've personally loved being a part of) is the 'Monster Confidence' days ran by the Stemettes. They are all about showing the next generation that girls do Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) too at free, fun, food-filled experiences. (Sounds like good fun to me!)
We've been to the ones in Scotland, London, Sheffield and Southampton in October and we've had an absolutely fab time attending. OR members from companies such as RBS, NATS and the Government have taken time out of their busy days to attend and take part in speed mentoring, lightening talks and interview panels. The idea is to raise awareness of the importance of STEM and how Maths (and OR) is used in real life.
Read on for a sneak peak of their article....
"Our names are Victoria and Christofia and we work for RBS, using mathematical models to support fast, automated and fair customer decision making. We attended the Monster Confidence event and girls came in groups to the Operational Research Society stand and we were able to chat to them about what they were thinking of studying, what we had studied, and how we used maths in our every day jobs. Victoria was a panellist which meant standing up in front of about 50 girls and getting asked a range of questions such as “had we ever been told by a man that we shouldn’t have our jobs because we are a woman?”. Victoria was fortunate in that her answer was “no” because our department is very inclusive, but other women on the panel had stories which highlighted the need to tackle stereotypes in certain industries."
The full article will be published in December's issue of InsideOR. If you can't wait that long, check out the Stemettes blog with articles from their recent events: http://stemettes.org/blog/
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