ESF Priority 3: TechnoCamps

Dec 17, 2021

Female role models and TechnoCamps

It is widely recognised that girls are underrepresented in STEM industries, and TechnoCamps aims to redress the balance. They offer clubs and seminars exclusively to girls through their GiST Cymru programme. Each workshop is delivered by female engineers and scientists who showcase the opportunities open to Women in STEM.

Find out more about the GiST programme on the TechnoCamps website.

Their WiST programme is a network of females working in STEM industries, who act as role models for the next generation of scientists and engineers. TechnoCamps encourage their role models to get involved with the project and they offer opportunities for individuals, companies, and other organisations to engage with young people by supporting the work they do in schools. In this way, the project hopes to reach girls who have not previously considered STEM as an option and encourage them towards careers in STEM.

Join the WiST network on LinkedIn

A key member of our role model network is Magnox Ltd CEO and Nuclear Institute President, Gwen Parry-Jones OBE. She has often been mistaken for a canteen worker or an administrator while in senior engineering roles and has felt underrepresented in board meetings. As a result, Gwen is passionate about gender equality and equal representation in Science and Technology in the media and society.

TechnoCamps collaborate with a number of external partners to ensure that the GiST Cymru scheme provides variety in terms of content and offers participants the chance to experience and explore STEM subjects in a fun and engaging way including: Chwarae Teg, British Gas, British Airways, National Museum of Wales, Science Made Simple, ESTnet, NHS Wales, and NDEC.

To date, they have welcomed over 550 girls to their GiST events, and there are over 120 women in the WiST network.

If you’d like to be a TechnoCamps role model, email

Free STEM workshops for secondary schools

TechnoCamps’ very popular STEM and Computer Science workshops for schools support the digital curriculum and can be adapted based on your school’s needs. Workshops vary in length between one hour and half a day. All workshops are fully funded through support from the Welsh Government and are delivered in partnership with Swansea, Bangor, and Wrexham Universities and the University of South Wales.

Some examples of the courses on offer include:

  • Web Development with Dreamweaver
  • Games Development with Gamemaker
  • Animation with Adobe Animate
  • Boolean Algebra
  • Greenfoot
  • Python Maths
  • Catch the Crooks
  • Ethics, Technology and the Future
  • Cryptography
  • Modelling Zombies
  • Assembly Language
  • Computational Thinking
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Smart Devices

Find out more and book a workshop through the TechnoCamps website.