Girls get curious about science

#PrettyCurious host Claire Quigley with the pupils from Our Lady's High
#PrettyCurious host Claire Quigley with the pupils from Our Lady's High

Third year pupils from Our Lady’s High in Motherwell attended an event hosted by EDF Energy at the Glasgow Science Centre.

The event is part of a long-term programme, launched last month, called ‘#PrettyCurious’ which aims to change teenage girls’ perceptions of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and inspire them to pursue science-based careers.

The girls were challenged to invent a product for a life-size ‘smart’ bedroom using littleBits electronic kits and 3D printers and then produce an advert demonstrating how it worked.

The Our Lady’s pupils, calling themselves The Lightning Letptons, made ‘The Beat Box’ which automatically turned on music when you enter your room.

Two #PrettyCurious role models were on hand to work with all the teams, cosmetic scientist Florence Adepoju and EDF Energy reactor chemistry engineer Beth Thomas, who provided the students with insight into what a career in STEM can entail.

Florence said: “I would encourage all girls to look beyond traditional subjects when choosing a career – you might just discover the perfect job you didn’t even know existed.”