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News: Ada Lovelace Day — Fiorel­la is smash­ing stereotypes

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Engineering student Fiorella
Engineering student Fiorella

Ada Lovelace lived in the 1800's and is regarded as the very first computer programmer in history! Every year on the second Tuesday in October, it's Ada Lovelace Day - a celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). We spoke to one of our engineering students to find out how she feels about choosing a STEM subject.

Fiorel­la is orig­i­nal­ly from Venezuela, and she moved to Not­ting­ham with her fam­i­ly in 2017. She com­plet­ed Lev­el 2 Per­form­ing Engi­neer­ing Oper­a­tions ear­li­er this year and is now study­ing a Lev­el 3 BTEC Extend­ed Diplo­ma in Engineering.

Some peo­ple think that engi­neer­ing is not a career for girls and that kind of stuff, but I can prove they are wrong! 

 — Fiorel­la

Fiorella told us about about her experience of being a young woman in engineering

She said: My Lev­el 2 course was an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence, I learned a lot of new things like weld­ing and design­ing 3D objects with a com­put­er. I learned some­thing new every day.

Some peo­ple think that engi­neer­ing is not a career for girls and that kind of stuff, but I can prove they are wrong. I think it depends on every per­son, what they believe they can do, because as hard as some­thing looks, if you put some effort in you can do it! The only one that can deter­mine your lim­its is you.

I used to study in a school just for girls, and I knew that in this career area there would be a lot of guys in the class­room. So it was a bit scary at first, but once you go to Col­lege you notice all of them treat you real­ly well, and also they respect you.”

Fiorel­la has big plans for the future, and is using the engi­neer­ing course as a path­way to reach her potential.

After my course in Col­lege I am plan­ning to go to uni­ver­si­ty and study robot­ics engi­neer­ing, and I feel that this Lev­el 3 course will real­ly help me to get there. 

 — Fiorel­la

You can find out more about Ada Lovelace Day at the ded­i­cat­ed Find­ing Ada site.

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  • 7th October 2019 (4:28 PM)
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