Five girls from Watson’s have been chosen to take part in a year-long programme called '1000 Girls, 1000 Futures'.
Aimed at girls aged 13-19 who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and are considering studying something in this area when they leave school, the programme provides one-to-one mentoring between pupils and women who work in STEM-based professions.
It is run by the Global STEM Alliance (GSA) which is an international initiative of the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). The GSA is addressing the growing need for highly skilled workers in all STEM subjects by helping to bring together STEM students and professionals around the world, with links to over 100 partners in more than 50 countries.
The girls taking part are Erin Edmonstone (S5), Bronwyn Le-Moal, Kristin Hopley, Anna Beaumont (all S4) and Isla Innes (S3). The twice-monthly mentoring sessions take place by video chat, and two of the girls have already started the programme: "Our mentors will teach us skills that we can use in the future," said Isla. Anna added, "It was exciting to meet another woman who has been successful in the STEM industries."