"I’d just like to thank everybody involved in this course. I honestly would have never thought of Electronics as something that I could do without this. Thank you so much!"

Girls into Electronics course attendee, 2021

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.

This year

Girls into Electronics will take place at universities across the UK during summer 2022.

Booking the course costs just £25 to cover administrative fees, as attendance of this high-value course is fully sponsored by CSA Catapult.

Click HERE to find out which dates/locations are available and apply.

Inclusion

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]

Past courses

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. In 2021, due to the pandemic, the course took place virtually over three days – click here to read about it and watch some of the presentations from engineers at onsemi.

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: