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Science Week at Surval Montreux 2018

Posted on: 6th March 2018 | Category: Boarding life, School Life, Special events

Between February 5 and 12, Surval celebrated its first Science Week, inspired by the United Nation’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science on Sunday 11th February. This unprecedented event offered our students the opportunity to demonstrate their boundless enthusiasm and proactive, inquiry-driven natures. Indeed the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres stated, "We need to encourage and support girls and women achieve their full potential as scientific researchers and innovators,” and we strongly believe that this is brilliantly exemplified by our Surval school community.

Each day during the week there were a range of activities which recognised the significant contribution that women have made to the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), in line with the broader objective of the wider United Nations International Day. 

These activities included assemblies, guest speakers, interactive science demonstrations as well as each subject teacher delivering their own science-themed lesson. Alongside the activities, several competitions were running throughout the week including a photograph competition, name the skeleton and a QR Code treasure hunt. The winner of the QR code hunt, Angeles Bernardes in Liberal Arts, won the recently-published “Women in Science” book by Rachel Ignotofsky which catalogues the vast contributions that women have made in these fields that are often wildly less recognised compared with their male counterparts. 

The girls at Surval should be very proud of the enthusiastic contributions they made during Surval’s Science week, and from their perspective, the future certainly looks bright for women in science, technology, engineering and maths.

"I really enjoyed it! I really liked that each day we were able to learn something new, yet at the same time have a lot of fun with it! I learnt about how Mexico is the #1 in women graduating from computer science and about Ada Lovelace’s computer programming. My favourite part was playing with the lungs and the heart! I had never inflated any lungs so it was really fun to do it!

It was amazing to learn that only 24% of people in science are women and I believe that percentage should increase, women have the same potential to study in any STEM career as men." Valentina, Grade 11, Mexico

"Everyone can be a scientist, just be curious, work hard and most important, never stop questioning and wondering” Lucia, Grade 11, Spain

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