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Female entrepreneur says careers in STEM for girls are “cool”

21 March 2018

A female entrepreneur involved in the design of future road-based travel told 500 girls that technology is changing everything and they are the future for innovation.

Caroline Jones Carrick, director of the TEV project, a Scottish-based technology initiative was the keynote speaker at an event entitled “Girls in Stem” organised by Accenture in Newcastle.

She encouraged the girls to consider careers in STEM and outlined her work as director of the multi award-winning TEV Project, an international road technology initiative developing road design for cars of the future, which will be computer operated and electric. 

TEV, which stands for Tracked Electric Vehicles, is an advanced highway design which delivers direct power to conventional EVs while facilitating automated vehicle technologies, making it possible to have fast, on-demand travel with zero local emissions. 

Speaking at the Newcastle event, Caroline said: 

“I think STEM careers are some of the most fun, creative jobs in the world. No two jobs are necessarily alike and in my case, my work involves lots of lots of travel and meeting new people.

“Women have come a long way but it is only 100 years ago that we got to vote and just a couple of generations ago, women weren’t considered good candidates for mortgages without a male co-signatory. There is still a lot of unfairness today and girls are under a lot of pressure with social media and so much importance placed on appearance.

“Something really cool about STEM subjects is that they don’t actually care about your gender. STEM subjects also don’t care what you look like, or how many likes you get on social media. 

What STEM subjects do care about is whether something works or it doesn’t. If you are coding for an app, or doing medical research, or designing a bridge, it’s not about trends or opinions - it’s about good ideas and hard work. 

STEM subjects are totally honest. It’s liberating to work in a field where you can be your own person.” 

The TEV project is developing TEV on an open-source basis with partners to transform road-based travel and make it greener, safer and more efficient for future generations. Caroline is a Parivartan Award ‘Sustainability Trailblazer’ finalist and manages the project from its office in Scotland.

Commenting on the event, Caroline said: 

“I grew up in a STEM household. My mother has a Biology degree, my father is a graduate mechanical engineer, and my big brothers studied computer science and architecture. I was surrounded by STEM and developed a real passion for it, but a lot of girls might not get this kind of exposure from a young age. 

“I think it’s just fantastic that Accenture is promoting girls in STEM, and I hope some of  the students here today take home what I had to say, and get involved with what I think are the coolest jobs in the world.”

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