IDEX Biometrics to support Girls into Electronics 2019 event
Girls into Electronics is a three-day hands-on workshop by Smallpeice Trust for Year 11 and 12 students to work in a laboratory environment to design and build electronics, and listen to and interact with lecturers to learn about current and future areas of novel research in electronic engineering. The Smallpeice Trust is an independent charity that provides programs to promote engineering careers to young people aged 10 to 18 through residential courses, STEM Days, STEM Clubs and STEM Teacher Training Days.
“We are delighted to support the excellent work being done by UKESF to encourage more young people to consider the opportunities that a career in Electronics has to offer,” says Sarah Mathews, VP of HR at IDEX Biometrics. “The sector still has a long way to go in the quest for wider diversity, and existing technology organisations play a key role in encouraging broader participation in these types of subjects. The IDEX Biometrics team is very much looking forward to meeting the attendees at the ‘Girls into Electronics’ event.”
“UKESF and the Smallpeice Trust really appreciate the support of organisations such as IDEX Biometrics,” adds Stewart Edmondson, CEO of UKESF. “We simply can’t afford to ignore nearly half of the population if we are serious about tackling the UK’s shortage of Electronics designers and engineers. We want to ensure that everyone can explore their own interests and talents unencumbered by society’s expectations of them.”
Earlier this year Ping Identity took part in the Girls and Science educational program at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to encourage girls to participate in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and last October lifestyle publication WAG Magazine featured NEXT CEO Ritu Favre and discussed her efforts to encourage girls and young women to study and pursue careers in STEM.