Amazing women in Science and The Arts

14 year 7 girls at the Derby High school had a fantastic day at Manchester Metropolitan University as they explored the role of women in Science and The Arts, in a unique opportunity organised by Claire-Marie Mur’tala, PhD Candidate in Graphene-Biomedicine and Bone Engineering at the University.

The students had prepared for the day by focusing in school on an array of inspiring women who had made outstanding contributions to Science and Arts and had created a magnificent display that will be on show at Waterstones in the Manchester Deansgate store.

The action packed day included a screening of Hidden Figures the film that explores the courage and resilience to overcome prejudice of three African-American women Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson as they made a stunning contribution to the work of NASA in helping Astronaut John Glen go into orbit set in 1960s America. The students then shared their views on the film, outlining the prejudice the women overcame as they strove for success. They will be producing some written work to illustrate the emotional impact of the film.

The students were also able to look round some of the university, but the practical work in the microbiology labs enabled them to see the vital research work that is going on at MMU. The students enjoyed extracting the DNA from Blueberries learning the role of detergents, salt and enzymes to achieve the extraction. They looked through microscopes at various cells, saw the amazing technology in the labs and learned valuable information about chromosomes.

They left energised and inspired to want to achieve great things themselves.

This was a truly amazing way to enhance our celebrations following on from International Women’s Day.

See below: The girls in action and our celebration picture.