"95% rated the course as excellent or good, and 100% reported that the course further increased their interest in engineering generally"

Student feedback on the 2019 Girls Into Electronics course

Girls into Electronics

Pictured above are the organisers and company representatives at the inaugural Girls into Electronics course in 2019.

Since 2019, the UKESF has supported an annual Electronics-focused residential course for girls aged 15–17, as part of The Smallpeice Trust’s range of inspiring STEM events for young people.

Attendees benefit from the opportunity to experience hands-on Electronics in a laboratory, meet graduate engineers from leading Electronics companies and find out what Electronic Engineering is all about, while getting a first taste of university life and attending evening social activities with like-minded peers. As well as developing professional skills, including teamwork and communication, attendees also learn how to enhance their CVs and make their UCAS applications stand out.

As well as sponsoring the course, with support from onsemi, the UKESF brings along several Scholars to join CEO Stew Edmondson in giving a talk and answering questions from attendees, and arranges the attendance of UKESF Partner Company representatives for the popular networking session.

Read about the 2019 course here.

This year

Girls into Electronics 2021 took place virtually in July. Over the three days of the course, attendees considered what Electronics is, what it is like to study it at university, and what it is like to work as an Engineer in the Electronics sector. Below are three videos of sessions included in 2021’s course.

Presentation by Dr Sohini Dasgupta, Principal Design Engineer at onsemi:

Dr Sohini Dasgupta, Principal Design Engineer at onsemi, in discussion with Eleftheria Safarika (UKESF Scholar sponsored by onsemi):

This interview with graduated female UKESF Scholars was one of the most highly rated sessions of the 2021 virtual Girls into Electronics course, with attendees reporting they found it inspiring to hear about the experiences of female engineers:

Our partnership with The Smallpeice Trust

Prior to our Girls into Electronics partnership, we supported several different Smallpeice Trust courses and events. In 2018, we sponsored Aerospace Electronics at the University of Southampton, and in 2017, supported a three-day Electronic Engineering Residential Course for 48 Year 9 students and sponsored a four-day Biomedical Electronics Residential Course for 29 16–18-year-olds (read about them here). In 2016, we supported the delivery of ten STEM days, as part of The Smallpeice Trust’s 50th Anniversary programme, benefitting 600 state secondary school students over the year (with an equal male:female split).