Meet some of the inspirational, award-winning women and girls making a difference in science, engineering, technology and maths.

Hannah Stanbury, winner of the WISE Apprentice Award
Hannah, one of only two female apprentices in training at the Ministry of Defence establishment Defence Munitions Gosport, achieved star distinction in Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering - and is now studying for the Higher National Certificate. “Hannah is by far the hardest working and most determined student we have,” says Apprentice Training Officer Kevin Haydock. Hannah led a mostly male team in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge and became poster girl for the local college prospectus, to encourage other young people to choose engineering.


Saheefa Ishaq, winner of the WISE Girl Award
At the age of 13 - the youngest candidate on our shortlist - Saheefa has already spoken eloquently to local media and school governors about her hopes, aspirations and passion for science. Saheefa’s contribution to a prize-winning science project took her to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona. The infectious enthusiasm in her online account of the trip has inspired others girls. “She is a great advocate for STEM in her peer group and was a brilliant representative for the UK,” says Jo Cox, Head of Science at Redmoor Academy.


Jo Carris, winner of the WISE Excellence Award, Useful Simple Projects
Jo is a Senior Sustainability Consultant, driven by a desire to address some of the big challenges we face due to waste, pollution, energy and use of raw materials. She helped to improve recycling rates at the Olympic Park, worked on a carbon footprint strategy for the Brazilian World Cup and a sustainability strategy for the Rio Olympics. If she wins the award, Jo will use cash to pay for a workshop on sustainability careers for talented girls taking STEM subjects at AS Level, which she plans to organise in her own time. “Sustainable design and construction crosses science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” she says, “but it is not a profession that school students or careers advisors know much about.”