Girls Into Electronics
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 OnSemiconductor, 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.
The UKESF sponsored the course for a second time, and this took place virtually 13–15th July 2021.
Over the three days of the course, we answered these questions:
- What is Electronics?
- What is it like to study Electronics/Engineering at university?
- What is it like working as an Engineer in the Electronics sector?
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Girls into Electronics did not run in 2020.
The Smallpeice Trust
The Smallpeice Trust is a leading educational charity in the UK, with a mission to encourage a passion for engineering and science in young people. Founded in 1966 by engineer and inventor Dr Cosby Smallpeice, the Trust aims to inspire 12–18-year-olds about STEM with innovative hands-on experience days, courses and clubs, and is supported by a range of companies, charities and universities.
The UKESF supported the delivery of ten STEM days by The Smallpeice Trust in 2016, as part of their 50th Anniversary programme, benefitting 600 state secondary school students over the year (with an equal male:female split). In 2017, we 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 2018, we sponsored a new Smallpeice Trust course, Aerospace Electronics, at the University of Southampton. In July 2019, we sponsored the inaugural Girls into Electronics residential course at Royal Holloway, University of London – read about it here. In 2021, the course took place virtually.