Over 175 pupils took part in Ayrshire College’s latest ‘Girls into’ event recently.

The Girls into Technology event was organised as part of the college’s award-winning #ThisAyrshireGirlCan campaign, which seeks to get more females into science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and construction courses and careers.

It was held at the Kilwinning Campus in partnership with SmartSTEMs and supported by SmartSTEMS’ headline sponsor EDF Energy.

P7, S1 and S2 pupils from Greenwood Academy, Kilwinning Academy, Kyle Academy, Prestwick Academy, Queen Margaret Academy, St Peter’s Primary, Whitehirst Park, Ayr Academy, Carrick Academy and Garnock Community Campus Primary all took part in three workshops each.

Exhibitor stands were also set up to allow students to find out more information about a range of organisations.

Ged Freel, head of Computing and ICT at Ayrshire College, said: “For years now our This Ayrshire Girl Can campaign has successfully helped girls and women learn about, and try out, many fascinating learning and career opportunities in STEM.

“Technology is seen in all aspects of our lives and it’s important for us to show these young people what exciting careers are available to them in this rapidly growing industry.”

Stuart Macdonald, founder of SmartSTEMs, added: “We are delighted to pull together many wonderful industry partners and scores of generous volunteers to deliver this great event for these young girls.”

Hunterston B power station’s acting station director, Dr Roddy Angus, said: “The number of women working in engineering is increasing but we are still facing a skills gap in the industry.

“We hope events like the one at Ayrshire College will inspire more girls to consider pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or maths.”