3 March 2020
A group of four students from Stamford High School have recently been invited to attend the ‘Marie Curious’ STEM event, held at the University of Oxford. The free one-day event aims to build confidence in girls with an interest in science, and is run by volunteer role models in STEM fields.
The girls attending included Year 9 students Sophie Farr, Olga Kryl, Anna Barsham and Ruby Sumner, who recently scored third at ‘Super Physics 2020’.
Sophie has reported on her experience of the day: “A small, but jolly, group of year 9 students got up bright and early on the first Saturday of half term and we were brimming with excitement for the day ahead. Having applied earlier in the year, with guidance and support from Dr Patchett, we were honoured to receive a place on the Marie Curious event hosted by the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford.
“When we arrived, we were met by 80 other students who shared our wonder when we witnessed fascinating demonstrations of using magnetism and liquid nitrogen to make things levitate, mathematics to help estimate the size of a needle and even a practical where we tested the properties of different materials.
“Our group’s favourite part of the day was a question session with four female scientists. They were incredibly inspirational and urged us to persevere through any adversity we may face as girls interested in pursuing a career in STEM fields. We also got a tour around the stunning St John’s college and got a interesting insight into University life.
“Taking part in Marie Curious at the University of Oxford was an invaluable experience that I am incredibly thankful to Dr Patchett for advising us to apply for.”