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Push to get more girls into science

Pupils in Dorset during a set of experiments testing the science of boiled eggs and soldiers. Photo: Neil Munns / PA

A campaign has begun in Bristol to get more girls into engineering and science subjects.

It's being launched at the At-Bristol science centre will work on building links with professionals, and look at how primary school teachers in the area inspire their pupils.

'Bristol Girls Make It' is being launched by Lord Mayor Clare Campion Smith and takes off during British Science Week.

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We’re going to be targeting young girls in the two years before they move on to secondary school so that they begin to see STEM subjects as exciting and something that they want to be involved with.

Getting girls interested will give them better career opportunities in the future, as Bristol is a hub of IT and technology companies.

This will also improve Bristol’s economy and workforce so it’s not something we can be complacent about.

– Lord Mayor, Cllr Clare Campion-Smith

The ambition is to put science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM subjects) at the heart of conversations about career options for girls and women.

This will be achieved by building stronger links between professionals and working with teachers to find ways to inspire young girls – including highlighting career options.

girls visit the At-Bristol Science Centre each year
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Bristol Girls Make It aims to increase engagement in STEM subjects for girls. Credit: Bristol Learning City

As part of the campaign, the Lord Mayor will be visiting primary schools across the city to speak to girls and their teachers, building better links across primary schools and enabling success to be shared.

The focus will initially be on schools in more deprived areas of the city.