More than 130 girls tried out finger printing and lie detecting as part of a special event at the University of Wolverhampton to nurture an interest in STEM subjects.
The Girls4Science event in June welcomed 134 girls from local primary schools to encourage them to aspire to higher education and engage with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.
The event was organised by the Psychology department with colleagues from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and featured an opportunity for the budding scientists and engineers to try on graduation gowns.
Dr Josephine Chen-Wilson, from the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, said: “This initiative aimed to inspire young girls to engage with STEM subjects and aspire towards higher education. The girls keenly tried out finger printing, built their very own cell, experienced being a lie detective, learnt the values of gratitude and discovered different parts of their brain.
“Lots of learning and fun was had by all, including the staff and the girls' science buddies. The girls were so excited to try on the graduation gowns kindly lent by the Children's University and many of the girls were the first in their family to have been at a University.”
Some of the heart-warming comments from the children included:
”It was the most awesome experience I've ever had."
"Once in a lifetime trip exploring and learning new things."
"It was amazing, I would definitely study here when I am older.”
"I would say it inspired me to study science and enjoy it more."
"I would describe Girls4Science as an inspirational and amazing day. I have learnt lots of thing that I never knew before."