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Discover Saturday Clubs bring science alive for girls

Discover Saturday Clubs bring science alive for girls

Year 9 girls from schools across Bridgend have been spending their Saturday mornings learning about everything from cancer cell experiments to manufacturing insulation – as part of a bid to encourage more girls to take up science-based careers.

Organised by our Education Business Partnership, and funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, the Discover! Saturday Clubs were attended by 22 girls who had all shown an aptitude or interest in science, engineering or construction.

Over 5 weeks, each Discover! Saturday Club addressed a different aspect of scientific or engineering careers, including a day spent with Cardiff University scientists looking at experiments for cancer diagnosis, a behind-the-scenes tour at major manufacturing employer, Rockwool in Bridgend, time in the Planetarium at the University of Glamorgan and a visit to the treatment site at Welsh Water. Each girl was then presented with a certificate for completing the Saturday Club course, during their session looking at the science involved at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff.

Beth Titley, Education Business Links Manager, said: “The Saturday Club scheme is a great way of introducing girls to some of the exciting career possibilities in science, engineering and construction which they might not have considered previously. We ensure all the workshops are practical and hands-on and we’ve had fantastic support from local employers, who have been excellent role models for the girls involved.”

Comments from two of the girls who attended:

Rachel from Cynffig Comprehensive School: “This course has made me change my attitude to science and think again about the subjects I choose to study at GCSE”.

Rebecca from Maesteg Comprehensive School: “The Discover! Club has made me think about all the different career opportunities in science.”

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