Science Challenge for members of The Senior Section

Twenty Four Hours to Save The World: Cambridge Girls Take on 24 Hour Science Challenge.

Cambs East Group Inspire

Local Girlguiding members from Cambridge spent a thrilling 24 hours working to save the world at a special girl-only event this weekend in the town centre.

The seven girls joined 38 other Girlguiding Senior Section members at the round-the-clock science event on Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 September at the Murray Edwards College.

After a day of experiments and demonstrations from the likes of the Women’s Engineering Society and the Institute of Astronomy, the girls were set an overnight project, in which they had to develop their own ideas for using science and technology to make a difference in the world.

The event also included a panel discussion with the Stemettes, an organisation which aims to encourage more girls and young women to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM subjects).

Ceri Foster, 16, said: “I decided to come to Inspire 24 because I’m passionate about science and maths, and I thought it looked fun, informative and interesting.

Ceri, who is a member of 1st Newmarket Rangers, continued: “The panel talk with the Stemettes was my favourite part of the weekend. It opened my eyes to loads more career and university options open to me, and has made me consider engineering as a degree.”

Anne-Marie Imafidon, Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes, said: “Organisations like Girlguiding are great influencers on the next generation – we were so excited to be able to use the stage at Inspire 24 to inform & inspire these girls.

“STEM skills, jobs and the industry are things they need to be aware of and consider in order to continue being great contributors to society in decades to come.”

Girlguiding opens up a world of opportunities to girls aged five to 25, giving them the chance to explore their individual skills and abilities and try out new challenges as part of a team.