Inspiring girls to learn STEM in school

♪ [music] ♪ – [Marita] I think there’s a real
stereotype that engineering is for men, that it’s a men’s world.
– [Alexandra] It’s actually about 90% male and 10% female in software engineering. – [Fiona] When I went to med school,
“Oh, I’m going to be a surgeon.” They go, “Girls don’t do that.” Well…
I mean, there’s two ways of going forward. You either listen or you don’t.
And I chose not to listen. ♪ [music] ♪ How often have you been
told you can’t do something? Why? Because the person
who’s telling you that you can’t do it didn’t do it?
For the girls, get to the table. There’s no reason why
you can’t be there. ♪ [music] ♪ – [Kate] There started to be a lot of
advertising around computers and consoles, like Nintendo, who I love. But all
of their advertising had boys in it. And so families thought stuff was for
boys. Kids thought this was stuff for boys and we’re still living with that
legacy. So I think part of it is just normalising women’s involvement again
because actually all the first computer programmers were women. They wrote,
like, rocket code because it was, programming was seen as, like, typing,
women’s work. But then dudes came along and found out that,
“Actually, this is pretty cool and so now we’re going
to kind of take it over.” ♪ [music] ♪ – The women bring into industry different
types of skills. They bring in a more sensible and social
emotional intelligence. They do bring in more
diverse ways of thinking. They’re more aware of, like, the social
impacts of what they’re doing and that makes better products,
more sustainable products, and a much more sustainable industry. – [Alessandra] Are you ready to start?
– [Together] Yes. – Go for it. Now, the girls are becoming
confident in their decision-making and seeing themselves through role models,
through programs that we associate with, that they can do these things. – [Female] Airlock will open
once all the water’s gone. – Engagement in STEM is actually
fundamental because then you know when somebody’s telling you that
this is good and that is bad, you know, ok that makes sense. ♪ [music] ♪ – [Emma] I think that there’s a changing
awareness within young people and people finishing school that you can become
a successful female tradesperson and it doesn’t have to be
your normal apprenticeships. You can become an electrician
or a fitter. There’s always an element that you can build on
and you can move with technology. – [Female 2] That is cool. – Things that robots and computers are
still really bad at doing are the things that are really hard to automate. So a
computer programmer, 48% chance of being automated. But things like teacher, or
writer, or game designer are actually like 1% or 2% because they require creativity
and critical thinking and soft skills. So I think that women and
girls are actually positioned to be leaders in that field. – We’ve had girls who’ve said,
“I like maths and science and I’ve always just thought
that I had to be a doctor. But now I know there’s so
much more out there for me. I know that I can work on big problems.
I know that I can change the world.” I think the main thing is
to always just be curious and to look around your
environment for new ideas. – Just start doing. Just…what
do you love doing? What do you… what gives you energy? And just start
doing that. Don’t ask for permission, don’t wait for permission to do anything.
That was how I got into games. – Your education gives you those choices,
and we are moving into a space where unless your education has a solid STEM
component, your choices will be limited. ♪ [music] ♪

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