Girls into Electronics
Girls into Electronics gives female Year 11’s and sixth formers the unique opportunity to develop their interest in Electronics through a one-day course at a leading UK university, with additional content delivered online by the UKESF. Participants will find out more about Electronics and studying the subject at university level, as well as hearing from female graduate engineers working in the Electronics sector.
During the in-person day, attendees will experience a sample lecture from a senior academic, input from current students, a department tour, a Q&A with a UKESF Scholar and an introduction to microcontrollers. This introduction relates to the Grove Beginners’ Kit, including Arduino, which participants are provided with and is theirs to keep (find out more about the kit on our Insight into Electronics page). Follow-up online sessions will guide participants through further practical activities with the microcontrollers.
Attendance of the course is kindly sponsored by CSA Catapult, an organisation maximising the potential of compound semiconductor applications and boosting the UK Economy by applying this technology to new products and markets.
Register your interest
The next Girls into Electronics events will take place in Summer 2023.
If you’re interested in attending and would like to be informed when registration opens, please email [email protected].
The UKESF is committed to ensuring participation on the course is inclusive, and is therefore targeting state-sector schools for applications. Course material and delivery is checked to avoid any unconscious gender bias, and as many of the course speakers as possible are female.
As a charity we want our courses to be accessible to all, so if the administrative fee is a barrier, please get in touch via [email protected]
In 2022, Girls into Electronics events were hosted by 10 of our partner universities throughout the UK. Attended by 230 girls between the ages of 15-18, the one-day programme comprised the opportunity to attend a sample undergraduate lecture from a senior academic, hear from current female students about their experiences, and take part in a ‘hands on’ introduction session to learn about microcontrollers. Read our full report here, and watch our Scholar video here.
The 2021 Girls into Electronics course took place online. Over three days, the participants were able to gain an in depth understanding of what it would be like to study, and pursue a career in, Electronics. This interview with graduated female UKESF Scholars was one of the most highly rated sessions of the 2021 virtual course, with attendees reporting they found it inspiring to hear about the experiences of female engineers:
In 2019 the UKESF supported the first Girls into Electronics three-day residential course for female students aged 15–17, as part of The Smallpeice Trust’s range of inspiring STEM events for young people – read about it here.