A group of talented students from Habs Girls, in Hertfordshire, are celebrating scientific success this week, having participated in an M5 Physics Tournament hosted in London recently. Competing against 11 other schools from across the region, the students were able to apply their mathematical, teamworking and quick-thinking skills to win a challenging Calculations Race. In the wake of International Women’s Day, the competition was held to encourage more girls to consider A-level Physics in their future studies and to raise awareness of the different career opportunities available to them.
As well as winning the Calculations Race, the Year 10 students took part in three different activities over the course of the day event, including a practical experiment where they learned to plan and adapt their methods, and an escape room, a timed challenged where they solved physics-based puzzles to unlock boxes, in order to obtain a password to escape the lab.
The event, which was hosted by St Helen’s School in London, also included a special talk from Dr Jess Wade, an Imperial College Research Fellow, who has worked tirelessly to promote women in science and actively comments on gender equality issues in this field. She spoke to the students about the opportunities that Physics can provide from a future career perspective.
Rose Hardy, Headmistress at Habs Girls commented, “Our students thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the tournament, working together as a team and developing their scientific and mathematical skills in a fun and exciting way. We are passionate about giving our young people every opportunity in the sciences as well as encouraging more girls to study sciences at a higher level. Of course, there is still so much more we can do to encourage our future generations of women to take up subjects like Physics, and we are looking forward to hosting and participating in more STEM events in the future.”
Habs Girls previously invested over £11 million in a new STEM building in order to give its students the scope and the facilities they need to excel in their endeavours.