437 girls from Noida braved plummeting morning temperatures to be part of the #STEM4GirlsFestival2018 at the Covestro factory. After two sessions in Mumbai and Calicut, we were excited to inspire the young girls in Noida with interaction and experiments. Noida is the abbreviation for the ‘New Okhla Industrial Development Authority’, which is a systematically planned satellite city of Delhi.
Dr. Pallavi Deshmukh joined us here too and shared her experiences as a mother of two girls and her journey to becoming a scientist. The students connected with her sentiments and agreed that 'fears can be surmounted' and 'dreams are what take you where you want to be.'
The girls were also motivated with Sunita Durrani’s story of coming from a small town in Jammu & Kashmir to joining the World Health Organisation as a health care professional. She talked about her experiences of working in marginalised communities to help eradicate Polio. The room resonated with shared emotion that 'girls can do anything once they've made up their mind'.
The schools attending were: Father Agnel School, Vedic Kanya Inter College Dadri, M.C Gopichand, DAV Girls, Navjeevan Intercollege, Nehru Smarak Inter College, KCS Girls Inter College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Inter College, Noida Kanya Inter College and Chaudhary Keshram Inter College.