Google STEM Apprenticeship

Google STEM Apprenticeship

In July 2018, 10 girls from across Year 9 to 12 were selected to participate in a unique, one-of-a-kind, STEM Apprenticeship at Google HQ in London.





The opportunity arose through a collaboration between Miss Lane, Head of Computing, and Jannie Affeld, Head of Corporate Finance Systems Engineering at Alphabet. Together, Miss Lane and Jannie spent 12 months co-ordinating a two-week programme of STEM workshops to encompass all aspects of everyday life at Google.

Marist girls were invited to apply and interview to participate in the Apprenticeship. Each day, those who were successful, travelled from Sunningdale into London by train and attended three different Google offices across the Capital. Each day saw a different team of Google volunteers deliver innovating and hands-on workshops to our eager participants in the following STEM areas:

·         Artificial Intelligence (Alpha Go)

·         Security and Infrastructure

·         User Experience (UX) Design

·         Leadership

·         Product and Project Management

The second week of the apprenticeship enabled our pupils the opportunity to spend four days with Google Software Engineers, during which they learnt how to code a game in JavaScript. Despite the challenges of learning how to program, the girls embraced this opportunity and all completed their own, uniquely designed game.

The purpose of the Google STEM Apprenticeship was to open the eyes of young, female pupils to the wonderful opportunities available in STEM jobs. Francesca, Year 9, remarked that the Apprenticeship was “an amazing experience, I never thought I would be able to code my own game in JavaScript or see how cool the Google offices are! I feel really inspired by the whole experience."

Based upon the feedback, it is safe to say the original objective of the Apprenticeship was met!

Click here to view photographs from the Google STEM Apprenticeship