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STEM News ~ 23rd September 2021

It has already been a busy start to the year for ‘STEM’ers at BGS.

Timetable of clubs


Years 7-8

Tuesday, M16 at lunchtime

Chemistry Club

Years 7-9

Thursday, M8 at lunchtime

Engineering Club

Years 10-11

Monday, H2 after school

Senior Science Society

Years 12-13

M6 at lunchtime


Increasing Diversity in STEM
We are all well aware of the stereotypes around what an ‘engineer’ looks like and the lack of diversity in some STEM careers. At BGS we are passionate about levelling the playing field and ensuring everyone has high aspirations and the opportunities to achieve them. There is an amazing program coming up, and I am pleased to help support our students in applying.


Young Women in STEM - female talent programme 
Female and non-binary students in Year 12 could get the opportunity to learn about the world of STEM through a series of group mentoring sessions, work experience and workshops. Plus meet the females leading top UK companies.

With the option to nominate only ten students and only 100 places available nationally, competition will be stiff, but I hope to be reporting the successful application of our students in the coming weeks.


Engineering Club - Special Event
Open to all years! ‘I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here’ SPACE edition!

When? Monday 18th October 3.15pm- 4.15pm Where? H2

We will be chatting live to real engineers who work in the field of space exploration and observation. Please email if you are interested in joining us for this event.


The Senior Society
The Senior Society has been researching and taking it in turns to present on topics of their own choosing and are looking at attending some online lectures.

You can join these lectures too using the link:

The Senior Science Society is a group of Sixth Form students that gather together once a week to present and discuss a range of scientific topics. From next-gen fighter jets to new Covid treatments, it provides an opportunity for students to come together and engage with scientific news around the world, as science should not be limited to the classroom. Recently, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to deliver a presentation on Dementia and how cognitive stimulation in the workplace could lower the risks of developing the disease later on in life. The presentation allowed me to not only share new scientific knowledge with my peers, but also to start conversations about the validity of scientific experiments and what it means for a study to be “reliable”. If there is one thing I really enjoy about the Senior Science Society, it is definitely the discussions we have after presentations. Hearing the variety of viewpoints and passionate ideas that other students have is refreshing, and further amplifies my belief that learning science is about keeping in touch with the world around you and how it relates back to what you know.

Shannen Sarkodie, Year 13