The UKESF, in collaboration with Apple, has announced its exciting ‘Girls into Electronics’ programme for 2023.
Girls into Electronics gives Year 11’s and sixth formers the unique opportunity to develop their interest in Electronics. At the heart of the programme is a one-day event at a leading UK university. During the day, 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.
Making advances in Electronics and semiconductors is critical to providing technological solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing society, including climate change, improving healthcare and better connectivity and communications.
Girls into Electronics will take place in June and July 2023
During the day, participants will experience a sample lecture from a senior academic, input from current students, a department tour, a Q&A, and an introduction to microcontrollers. This introduction will be a ‘hands on’ practical session using 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). As well as the event, there will be the opportunity to gain further insight through follow-on activities, including online sessions to guide participants through further practical activities with the microcontrollers.
"The course was so insightful and made me consider a sector which I hadn't necessarily thought about before. It was amazing talking to so many inspirational women from the electronics industry."Girls into Electronics course participant 2022
Book Your Place
If you are a teacher interested in bringing a group of students, please use the booking form here. A discount on the booking fee can be arranged if you would like to bring a group of 5 or more students.
If you are an individual student interested in attending, please book here. The course is fully sponsored by Apple, with the exception of a small booking fee of £20*
If you are not in a position to book yet, but would like to register your interest, please provide your details here. When you’re ready to secure places, the booking form can be completed. Your place at the event is not reserved until you have completed the booking form and been invoiced. However, if places are becoming limited for the event, we will contact you.
Please note, bookings will close 2 weeks before each event.
The UKESF is committed to ensuring participation on the course is inclusive. Therefore, pupils from state-sector schools will be given priority. Course material and delivery is checked to avoid any unconscious gender bias, and as many of the contributors as possible are female.
*As a charity, we want our courses to be accessible to all, so if the administrative fee is a barrier or if you need support for travel costs, please get in touch via [email protected].
Project Background and Past Courses
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.