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Former Ilford pupil makes STEM One to Watch finals

PUBLISHED: 13:13 13 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:13 13 October 2017

Floriane Fidegnon. Picture: Ursuline Academy

Floriane Fidegnon. Picture: Ursuline Academy

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A former Ursuline Academy pupil has made the UK finals of a competition celebrating “trailblazing” young women who are flying the flag for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Floriane Fidegnon, 18, of Newbury Park has made the top 10 of the WISE One to Watch competition which is identifying females 21 and under who are passionate about STEM and role models for the next generation.

The Redbridge Rotary Club/Ilford Recorder Young Citizen 2016 Award winner was first inspired to take the subjects by her design and technology teachers at Morland Road, Ilford.

They were the first women in STEM she saw and they opened her up to the varied job opportunities in the sector.

Since then she has competed in the National Science and Engineering competition for her school, joined the British Science Association’s CREST youth panel and spoke at the Grand Challenges Conference hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

She has also chosen to study mechanical engineering at the University of Warwick.

Design and technology technician, Rosemary Russell said the overall winner will be decided at an awards ceremony on November 9.

“We’re extremely proud of Floriane’s achievements both as the school’s head girl and her role as a STEM Ambassador for our younger pupils,” she said.

“She has achieved so much promoting STEM and its importance to encourage more young people to consider it a career path.”

Floriane said she is delighted to be a finalist and it’s great that WISE appreciate the “common goal we work towards”.

“I really appreciate everything that WISE do and again would like to thank the DT department for nominating me,” she added.

WISE’s Evelyn Forsyth-Barnett said the competition identifies young women who are trailblazing and will light a fire under the next generation.

“The Award is designed to recognize and share the amazing stories of young women who are passionate about STEM and good at what they do – particularly girls who would not otherwise have thought STEM was for them,” she said.

“The competition has been extremely fierce, we have ten fantastic finalists, and the winner will be chosen at the WISE Awards via audience participation.

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