Q&A students in STEM: Abby
Careers in Science My physics teacher in particular inspired me just by sharing her own enthusiasm for science.
How have your teachers inspired you about STEM?
My physics teacher in particular inspired me just by sharing her own enthusiasm for science. She goes further into topics at GCSE level, so, instead of simply learning the lifecycle of stars, we went in-depth about what happens if you get near the event horizon of a black hole: spaghettification when the object becomes a long stream of atoms.
What inspired you to get involved in STEM?
"Queen Anne’s has had many inspirational speakers over the years who have encouraged me to explore STEM."
I really enjoy science as a subject. I applied – and was selected – to go on a STEM tour last Easter, exploring top tech companies and the work they do. This included a trip to NASA where I went to the SETI institute and saw a simulation that was tracking the orbits of the meteor shower around our solar system. We got to see fragments of asteroids! Also, my school has explained the various career opportunities that could be possible after education.
How important was it to see real scientist working?
I found it really important, only three women out of the 50 employees I met on the STEM tour were women. I felt that I needed to see this and it has motivated me to pursue a somewhat ‘trailblazing career’.
How has your school contributed to aiming high in an often male-dominated culture?
Queen Anne’s has had many inspirational speakers over the years who have encouraged me to explore STEM. There are lots of posters around school about careers in STEM and teachers give us opportunities we are able to explore during summer.