On the 7 February 2017 Accenture hosted five Girls in STEM events across the UK. Each event was designed to spark girls’ interest in STEM and featured a series of inspiring talks, interactive workshops and coding sessions led by STEMettes, using AppShed’s Internet of Things technology to create apps with the ability to control electronic devices anywhere in the world.
More than 2,000 girls aged 11-13 participated in the live full-day events, which took place in Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and two events in London.
In the UK, hundreds of girls joined the events virtually from their school classrooms via Periscope live video streaming.
Coinciding with these Girls in STEM events, Accenture released new research that finds girls’ take-up of STEM subjects is held back by stereotypes, negative perceptions and poor understanding of career options. Read more here.
Live events were also mirrored across the globe in four Accenture office locations in France, India and the US.
Watch the action of the Girls in STEM UK events in this highlights video.
|7 February 2017|
The Accenture LABS joined hand in hands with the global initiative for Girls in STEM. The events were held at Bangalore, San Jose, Sophia Antipolis and Washington DC Labs.
15 9th grade girls attended in Bangalore. Labbers showcased incredible demonstrations in the field of STEM, with virtual agents, drones and in house hydrogen generation. With Accenture Managing Directors, Sanjay Podder and Shantha Maheswari providing keynote speeches.
SAN JOSE LAB
San Jose welcomed 15, 8th grade girls who toured the Silicon Valley Accenture Labs, experienced augmented reality demos and interacted with industrial robots and remote collaboration tools. Students also learned about the impact of technology to positively influence the world around them.
SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS LAB
Accenture hosted two groups of 28 girls, who took an immersive tour of the Sophia Labs technology showcase, experienced mixed reality, virtual reality, 3D scanning, robotics, artificial intelligence, video analytics and digital customer experience.
WASHINGTON DC LAB
In conjunction with the Accenture Federal Services Digital Studio, Accenture hosted more than 35 high school girls in the Metro Washington DC area. With a design thinking workshop which led the girls through an exercise to create a new mobile app to solve a problem.
Rear Admiral Dr. Grace Hopper led an extraordinary life. Her contributions to the field of computer science are still felt within academia, industry and the military. In 1934, she became one of the first women to earn a PhD in mathematics from Yale University. During World War II she joined the US Naval Reserves and set to work programming the first ever computer. She recognised the development and refinement of programming languages would be integral to enable computers to be used for business and non-scientific applications. Admiral Hopper headed the team that created the first compiler, which led to the creation of COBOL, a programming language that accounted for 70 percent of actively used code in the year 2000.
Katherine Johnson is a distinguished African-American space scientist and mathematician. She was hired by NASA’s predecessor as a ‘computer.’ She manually carried out complex calculations to support the Engineers and her expertise and inquisitive nature quickly set her apart. Often the only woman in the room, she calculated the trajectory for America’s first space trip in 1961 and went on to do the same for the moon landing in 1969. After electric computers were used to determine the trajectory of America’s first manned orbit around the Earth, Katherine was reportedly asked to double check the figures, just to be sure!
Movie Star by day and Inventor by night, Hedy Lamarr is a pioneer in the field of wireless communications. Her passion for inventing and horror at the events of World War II compelled her to work with George Antheil to develop a ‘Spread-spectrum radio.’ It enabled radio signals to ‘hop’ between different frequencies more or less randomly meaning signals were difficult to decode. They were granted a patent in 1942, however the Navy refused to take their idea seriously. The implications of their discovery were not fully understood until years later. The pair were finally honoured in 1997 with a Pioneer Award from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.