Year 8 & 9 STEM challenge

Architect Rosie Baron sits on the judging panel

Soroptimist International (SI) is a global women's organisation. Soroptimists inspire action to transform the lives of women and girls around the world. Last week Architect Rosie Baron got involved...


"I was invited to join the judging panel for this years SI Bournemouth STEM Challenge, through a SI member who was looking for women working in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). For the past six years, the Soroptimist Club of Bournemouth have offered the STEM Challenge to girls across Years 8 and 9 to inspire them into choosing STEM subjects.


It is nationally and internationally recognised that there is a shortage of girls choosing STEM subjects as degree subjects and a growing body of evidence about barriers to subsequent careers. SI Bournemouth created this challenge to inspire girls and encourage them to overcome these barriers. The girls were asked to create a solution to help people in the poorest parts of the world; to prepare a report, build prototypes and present their ideas to a panel of judges, demonstrating all elements of STEM.



I was very impressed with the range and depth of ideas produced by the girls. I am looking forward to working together again with the SI Bournemouth team in future to showcase the opportunities for women in architecture. From what I have seen this week from the girls, the future definitely looks very bright!"